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The World is Battling Sugar

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

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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Philadelphia Builds Cash Flow – Through Sugary-Drink Tax

Touch the Soil News #437 While the nation is focusing on Philadelphia as host of the Democratic National Convention, the city is also preparing to economically bootstrap itself upward. On June 20, 2016, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed the Sweetened Beverage Tax into law. The Philadelphia City Council voted 13-4 to approve a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on all sugar-sweetened drinks, including diet beverages. The tax will be levied against distributors – not retailers or consumers. Ironically, Philadelphia tried twice over the past decade to implement a sugary-drink tax which both failed. These earlier attempts focused on the health benefits of reducing “pop’ consumption. This time, the rationale was…

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Putting a Tax on Sugary Drinks

Touch the Soil News #353 Journalists of the major newspapers around the world are debating the pros and cons of Great Britain’s plan to place a tax on sugary drinks. The hope is that it will incent companies to put less sugar in drinks and curtail the consumption of heavily sugared drinks. The New York Times reports on the technical details of the UK’s sugary drink tax: Drinks with less than three teaspoons of sugar per 12 ounces will not be given an additional tax. Drinks with three to five teaspoons of sugar will pay a tax of around 9 cents additional tax per can. Products like standard cola with…

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