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Proposed “solutions” to mounting plastic waste in the ocean continue to border on the absurd — suggesting that banning straws, bags and other consumer products offers an answer. While these policies might make good political sound bites, they are unlikely to solve anything, and they divert attention away from real solutions.
Government meddling always leads to unintended consequences, and trucking regulations are no exception. Transportation of produce opens up the possibility of contamination and rotting. Some problems are inevitable, the result of one of the largest, most efficient food delivery networks in the world. But, as has occurred too many times, misguided federal policies have unintended consequences that lead to increased suffering and complications. In particular, the strict regulation of truckers’ hours decreases food safety and leaves customers across the country more vulnerable to foodborne illnesses.