Fat Taxes (page 8)

The Bell Tolls for the Pop Tax in Chicago (for Now)

The soda tax has long been the food police’s favorite thin end of the fat wedge. So it’s not surprising that when the City of Chicago went…
Posted May 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

So Kelly, What Else Is Wishful Thinking?

It seems that Yale University’s Kelly “Twinkie Tax” Brownell has had an epiphany. Alas, it is not that soda taxes make a pathetically small impact on obesity. In…
Posted April 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Marketing 101 For Soda Tax Pushers

A story is crossing the wires today that three in five Californians support the controversial soda tax. That struck us as odd, considering we’ve seen several national…
Posted April 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

UN Bureaucrat Pens Manifesto for Global Food Police

The United Nations has a bureaucrat with the title Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food, currently Belgian Olivier De Schutter. This might seem like the name of…
Posted March 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm

No Brotherly Love for Soda Taxes

After two years of abortive attempts to place taxes on sugary drinks, Philadelphia Mayor and soon-to-be Center for Science in the Public Interest…
Posted February 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm


“Public health” researchers have a bad habit of proposing radical regulations on food to try to slim the nation down. The recent call by Robert Lustig to regulate…
Posted February 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Soda Taxes Are Ineffective, Outdated

As expected, the new year brought a new push from do-gooder public health activists intent on taxing soft drinks. In Oregon, advocates proposed a ballot initiative to place a penny-per-ounce wholesale tax on…
Posted January 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Raise Taxes or Shoot Hoops?

In a new study published in Health Affairs, researchers estimate that a nationwide penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages would reduce consumption by a whopping 9 calories per day.
Posted January 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

There They Go Again

Cash-strapped governments at home and abroad are looking again for new sources of revenue, and they think they’ve found a cash cow (yet again) in the…
Posted January 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

A Supersaturated Tax Burden

If you wonder what kind of hare-brained food nannying could come next after activists’ war on salt, Denmark (of all places) could provide the blueprint. On Saturday, Denmark,…
Posted October 3, 2011 at 12:00 am