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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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Is Sugar Going to Go Sour?

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Touch the Soil News #516 With the effects of sugar in health news increasing, we were interested in a recent report by Authority Nutrition. The gist of the report was all the names that sugar has which can be used in labeling to confuse the consumer how much sugar is in a product. There were so many names that it was overwhelming. Following is a list of sugars that can be in most every processed food product: A large loader loads processed sugar in a warehouse. Sugar is one of the crops subsidized by the U.S. Government – making an addictive additive cheap. Following is a list of sugars that…

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Philadelphia Builds Cash Flow – Through Sugary-Drink Tax

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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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Stopping the Sugar Train

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Touch the Soil News #392 After years of delay, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized new regulations on food nutrition labels. New are the requirements of having to list all added sugars to include the amount in grams and the percent daily value. This will be a big deal for food companies who now will have to identify the added sugars in their food. It is not unusual for sugary drinks to contain several times the daily allotted amount. The original Starbucks logo dates back to 1971 when the chain first opened. Starbucks is the second largest restaurant in the United States behind McDonalds. It is king of sugary…

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Putting a Tax on Sugary Drinks

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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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How Much of the Free-Enterprise Food System is Unhealthy?

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Touch the Soil News #302 When national governments pass laws and regulations to curb certain foods, you know the problem is big. On the radar screen for curtailment in Mexico is soda pop. Of concern is Mexico’s out-of-control obesity and diabetes rates. Mexico has the highest rate of overweight and obese adults in the world along with an estimated 10 million Mexicans who have diabetes. The latest reports reveal that 7 out of 10 Mexicans are overweight and 1/3 of the population is clinically obese. Obesity rates among the poor in Mexico are even higher. In 2014, Mexico implemented a 1 peso per liter tax on sugary drinks in attempts…

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