Friday, January 8, 2016

In the birthplace of pizza, pollution rules spur outrage

From The New York Times
SAN VITALIANO, Italy — If there is one label that Antonio Falcone, a doctor turned civic leader, does not want to be known by, it is “the anti-pizza mayor.” 
Yet that is how notoriety caught up with the mayor of this small town in the Neapolitan hinterland in late December when, in an effort to decrease air pollution, he issued an ordinance banning the use of wood-fired stoves not equipped with filters that reduce toxic air pollutants. 
The ban affects family homes with chimneys as well as businesses like bakeries, restaurants and — most controversially — wood-burning pizzerias, the gastronomic boast of an area known as the birthplace of one of Italy’s most renowned culinary exports. 
Outrage was guaranteed.
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