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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Tax on Sweet Soda?

Kelly Brownell, a professor of psychology at Yale University and director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, is at it again. Brownell is proposing a tax on beverages containing sugar and high fructose corn syrup, both to cut demand for these sweet sodas and sports drinks and to raise revenue (which he would use to promote consumption of more-healthful foods).

-- Jennifer Huget

Billie_R wrote:

Raising the price of food will not proportionally decrease the number of people partaking. It is much like cigarettes, I suspect.

Some people simply want to eat what tastes good to them, and processed food tastes good. Making it more expensive will only mean they spend more money on it, as opposed to going without.

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