25 Jul '11, 5pm

Mark @Bittman is right about taxing soda, but we've also got to teach cooking to build a healthy American diet.

Mark @Bittman is right about taxing soda, but we've also got to teach cooking to build a healthy American diet.

But, if you're not up to speed on the benefits of taxing sugary beverages and other unhealthy foods, here's the one line summary Bittman gives : A 20 percent increase in the price of sugary drinks nationally could result in about a 20 percent decrease in consumption, which in the next decade could prevent 1.5 million Americans from becoming obese and 400,000 cases of diabetes, saving about $30 billion. Moving on to what we might be done instead... Bittman suggests a couple possibilities to kickstart the conversation: Using the funds raised by an unhealthy food tax to "subsidize the purchase of staple foods like seasonal greens, vegetables, whole grains, dried legumes and fruit. We could sell those staples cheap--let's say for 50 cents a pound--and almost everywhere: drugstores, street corners, convenience stores, bodegas, supermarkets, liquor stores, even schools, librarie...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/beyond-soda-taxes...

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