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Food Police: Tax and Control Access to Sugar

Time magazine’s story about UC San Francisco researchers should jolt you awake to the work and goals of the food police. The researchers of the study in question are comparing sugar to alcohol and tobacco. While claiming not to be advocating for government control of choices, get a load of their aims:

 

Many of the interventions that have reduced alcohol and tobacco consumption can be models for addressing the sugar problem, such as levying special sales taxes, controlling access, and tightening licensing requirements on vending machines and snack bars that sell high sugar products in schools and workplaces.

“We’re not talking prohibition,” Schmidt said. “We’re not advocating a major imposition of the government into people’s lives. We’re talking about gentle ways to make sugar consumption slightly less convenient, thereby moving people away from the concentrated dose. What we want is to actually increase people’s choices by making foods that aren’t loaded with sugar comparatively easier and cheaper to get.”

 

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