Tax, baby, tax: Soda takes a hit and other weighty matters - The Packer

Tax, baby, tax: Soda takes a hit and other weighty matters

01/23/2013 08:22:00 AM
Tom Karst

So if supermarkets are promoting sugary drinks more than U.S. dietary guidance would recommend, perhaps a soda tax might help even the playing field. If less Coke is promoted, perhaps more cauliflower will be.

In other food industry news, check out this report by Michele Simon of Eatdrinkpolitics critical of food industry funding of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Also, here is the IOM report on the adequacy of food stamp benefits.

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LK Baker    
Washington state  |  January, 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Why is this the grocery store's responsibility? Individual consumers should be smart enough to choose what they want to eat or drink. If people make bad choices and get too fat, that's their problem. It's called "personal responsibility," something that our society seems to be short on lately. Yes, this country has an obesity problem linked to how and what we eat, and the resulting health problems are driving up health care costs. Again, it all comes back to personal responsibility. There are healthy choices out there if people want them.

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