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Haha Amy. That's kind of the point though, if you scare people into thinking it will be taxed it causes an awareness without even having to rolliut the tax. EcoCL, you are correct about subsidies but alas, it is more realistic to make changes on the size of soft drinks than it is to change what crops are subsidized.

2 years, 4 months ago on Will a NYC Ban on Large Sugary Sodas Decrease Obesity or Increase Plastic Waste?

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I disagree with the ban and all for the tax. The article in MJ makes very valid points about banning versus taxation and which is the most effective.

 

"Just talking about a tax could spark change. Could awareness about the reason for taxing soda in the first place nudge some consumers to think more about how much sweetener they're inhaling? "Humans are myopic," Bhanot says. "Making soda consumers pay more is an economic mechanism to combat their natural tendency to be shortsighted."

Lustig agrees with this rationale: "It shines light on the issue, so people can determine for themselves whether this is a public health problem or not."

"What if the government had said: AIDS, we don't care about, TB, we don't care. Where would we be?" he continues. "Public health matters. Exposures cause problems in public health…There's no single piece of legislation that's going to solve the problem, but this would be a smart beginning."

2 years, 4 months ago on Will a NYC Ban on Large Sugary Sodas Decrease Obesity or Increase Plastic Waste?

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2 years, 5 months ago on Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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