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US: A Healthy Tax?

The US Congress is considering a proposal to tax sugary drinks.  An editorial in the NY Times looks at this issue and concludes:

Bigger fixes are needed, of course, starting with decent health care. The young need more exercise, healthier lunches and better education on nutrition. All consumers – not just those lucky enough to live near farms or large grocery stores – should be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices. While we wait, Congress could impose an excise tax on sugary drinks – one of the main culprits in the obesity epidemic.

Read more: NY Times, 3 June 2009

US: Has pop gone flat?

Outlines recent US initiatives to introduce a tax on sugary drinks.

Read more: Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2009

Published on June 4, 2009 in International news