Sugar Free Sunday & Sugary Drink Tax Measure
Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! Yes indeed — it is Sugar Free Sunday. We host it every Sunday to exchange incredible sugar free recipes and to inspire you to start the week right!
As you all know – November 2012 is election month in the United States. This also means that cities and states include local voting measures on their city’s and state’s ballots. The city of Richmond in California has a local ballot measure to tax sugar sweetened beverages sold in the city a one cent per ounce tax.
According to an article in The New York Times, in the city of Richmond an estimated 52 percent of elementary school students are overweight or obese. Wow – every other kid that lives in the city is overweight! Insane. Of course theres a lot more to being overweight than just drinking sodas or sugary drinks. However, this could be a stepping stone to point people in the right direction.
I read through various arguments for and against this measure. The proponents are sticking to the line of helping Richmond with it’s obesity epidemic. The rebuttal to this measure is that the tax will increase grocery bills and unfairly taxes those that can least afford it.
I almost laughed out loud when I read that. Do they really think it’s fair that the government subsidize a drink that is exposing the population to more diseases? Do they think there is no cost associated with fighting illnesses such as diabetes, heart issues and high blood pressure? Are people forgetting that the medical treatments alone for this way surpass anything this tax will increase in grocery costs? And there are non medical costs as well – such as a less productive society. The argument seems either extremely short sighted or completely fabricated simply to support the sellers of sugary drinks.
What are your thoughts?
How do you participate in the virtual potluck?
- Link your recipe post (NOT your homepage) if it does not use refined sugar. Your blog does not have to be entirely sugar free, just the dish you’re sharing!
- Please link back to this get-together somewhere in your post’s text. It’s a great way to invite your readers to the fun!
- Sign up for free to our new venture Velvet Aroma. It’s a visual way to read the blogs you love and really bring their recipes into your kitchen.
- See all the details on our Sugar Free Sunday page.
We’re so excited to see what you’re cooking….. Sugar Free!
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