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Wash Your Bags -- Or Else

weedwam Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 6:23 PM
Exactly Deb, I'm in CA too. Besides, some years ago, the plastic bags had to be chemically altered to disintegrate in short order, Just leave one out in the elements a couple of months, and it turns to little flakes.
San Francisco passed America's first ban on plastic bags in chain groceries and drugstores in 2007. In a research paper for the Institute for Law and Economics, law professors Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright crunched state and federal data on emergency room admissions and food-borne illness deaths and figured that the San Francisco ban "led to an increase in infections immediately upon implementation."

They found a 46 percent rise in food-borne illness deaths. The bottom line: "Our results suggest that the San Francisco ban led to, conservatively, 5.4 annual additional deaths."

So is San Francisco's bag ban a killer? Conceivably, yes, but probably...