The President of Mexico has proposed a tax on soft drinks. The soft-drink industry is not pleased.
As with Richmond, California’s tax initiative and New York City’s soda cap, the industry is pulling out all stops to oppose the tax.
It’s even gotten the Beverage Association’s attack dog, the Center for Consumer Freedom, into the action.
Photo: Mireia Vilar
- Should obesity be fought with taxes?
- Yes or no?
- To tax the fatties (Google’s charming translation)
CCF is putting signs on school buses, apparently.
On the off chance that you are not familiar with CCF, SourceWatch is a good place to begin.
It runs media campaigns which oppose the efforts of scientists, doctors, health advocates, animal advocates, environmentalists and groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, calling them “the Nanny Culture…Its advisory board is comprised mainly of representatives from the restaurant, meat and alcoholic beverage industries.
I’ve also written about this group. Enough said.
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m. For the schedule and details, click here.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”