Fat Taxes (page 3)

Food Companies Beat Soda Tax in Calorie Cut Challenge

Readers of The Washington Post were greeted with a full-page announcement by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation that the companies participating had achieved their goal of reducing the…
Posted May 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Another Soda Tax Bites the Dust

With state legislative seasons wrapping up and official deadlines approaching, activists placed their hopes to end beverage freedom on a California soda tax proposal. Now, legislators have placed…
Posted May 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

No Rest for California Soda Freedom Advocates

Yesterday, a California Senate Committee heard testimony on a proposal, Senate Bill 622, to place a $1.28 per-gallon tax on soft drinks in the state. (If that doesn’t…
Posted May 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

California Food Police Rise Again

In California — the land of dubious ballot initiatives, prohibitionist stealth taxes, and 9.4 percent unemployment — a legislative committee has chosen to ignore the…
Posted April 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Soda Tax Revulsion Leads to Danish Repeal

German newsmagazine Der Speigel reports that Denmark plans to repeal its tax on sodas starting this year. The small European nation enacted and subsequently repealed a separate…
Posted April 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm

The Home Cook’s Dilemma

Michael Pollan, arch-foodie and author of the food-Luddite tome The Omnivore’s Dilemma, has a new book out, entitled Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Like his previous efforts, the…
Posted April 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Coffer-Fattening California Proposal Grows Even Larger

We mentioned in passing a California proposal that would grant the state Department of Public Health the authority to restrict or prohibit the sales of consumer products in…
Posted April 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Ex-Exec: Thanks for the Money, Now You Must Pay

All good anti-corporate campaigns have former, supposedly “reformed” industry insiders claiming that they saw treason and plot in their former, highly compensated jobs. The crusade to classify food as…
Posted March 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

The Times Gets Soda Half-Right

With a judge having invalidated New York City’s soda ban, the anti-food-first fat-fighting movement is scrambling for new answers to the problem. Typically, the New York Times…
Posted March 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Food Politics and the Dinner Date

With Valentine’s Day behind us, so too are millions of dinner dates. And while most will have obeyed the maxim that one shouldn’t discuss religion or politics at the…
Posted February 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm