25 Jul '11, 6pm

While @bittman is right that we should tax bad food & subsidize good, we also need to ban junk-food advertising

While @bittman is right that we should tax bad food & subsidize good, we also need to ban junk-food advertising

In The New York Times , Mark Bittman offers us this thought: "Bad Food? Tax It and Subsidize Vegetables ." The idea is to link taxes on unhealthy "hyperprocessed" foods like soda, French fries, and doughnuts directly to healthy food subsidies -- i.e. one pays for the other. It's not a bad concept -- it's well-established that Americans tend to prefer "earmarked" taxes that are devoted to particular programs. As Bittman puts it: Putting all of those elements together could create a national program that would make progress on a half-dozen problems at once -- disease, budget, health care, environment, food access and more -- while paying for itself. The benefits are staggering, and though it would take a level of political will that's rarely seen, it's hardly a moonshot. Too true. As I observed in my own piece from a couple of years back, "Tax junk food, but also subsidize v...

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