A Legal Ban on New McDonald’s Restaurants. The Bill Is on the Way

The global number of McDonald’s restaurants is still on the increase. In the Netherlands, local authorities have decided to fight against the fast-food giant.

Ban on unhealthy food

The Dutch government has received a petition from the local authorities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague, Utrecht and Ede requesting that the number of new fast-food bars and restaurants should be controlled. It goes without saying that it is all mainly about McDonald’s restaurants. Though it is not a biding act yet, it has already stirred a lot of controversy among the Dutch.

A Legal Ban on New McDonald’s Restaurants. The Bill Is on the Way
At war with obesity

The representatives of the cities need new legal options. They admit that so far they haven’t had any tools that would help them tackle the problem of obesity among the citizens. Of course controlling the market and the restaurants is one of the means to achieve that goal.
According to professor Anniek de Ruijter of the Amsterdam University, ‘(…)Food is perceived as an individual choice of a person. That is why city authorities and governments cannot intervene relying on the nature preservation act. (…)’

Professor De Ruijter goes on to point out that local governments have no legal measures to reduce the amount of unhealthy food in their cities. It stems from the fact that it is a very complicated decision as limiting the freedom of fast-food business could be perceived as limiting the freedom of an individual and their right to make independent choices.

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