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The World is Battling Sugar

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Touch the Soil News #641 (feature photo – soda case in a grocery store – CC SA 3.0) While raising some of your own food can aid in health and exercise, avoiding processed foods are also part of the equation. News and research on the effects of sugar have gone viral in many instances, partially due to the correlation to obesity. And obesity means higher health care costs – some of which is born by governments. Globally, the number of people who are overweight and obese has increased over the last three decades. Estimates are that in 1980, around 29 percent of people were overweight. Today, the rate is hovering…

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Sugary Drink Tax Passes in Four More Cities

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Touch the Soil News #542 The nation’s battle with obesity and diabetes is turning political and financial. At this year’s polls, four more cities joined the ranks of municipalities enacting a 1-2 cent tax per ounce of sweetened beverages. Over the course of the last eight (8) years, sugary tax measures failed 43 times around the nation. However, today is a different time. Berkeley, California (population 125,000) – the famous city of protest – passed a soda tax in 2014 – a first in the nation. In June, 2016, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (population 1,600,000) also passed a sugary drink tax. This election season brought four more cities on line to implement…

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