Only You Can Encourage Soda Taxes

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I've been collecting information about soda taxes. If you think they are worth a try, as I do, and want to help get the New York bill (the Duane Bill) passed, plenty of background information and tools are available.

Today, March 8, The New York Academy of Medicine, the New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance, and the New York State Public Health Association invite you to a symposium:

TAKING ACTION AGAINST OBESITY:
A Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax for New York State
Monday, March 8 2010 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Blue Room, 2nd Floor, Capitol Building, Albany, NY

Speakers include New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley, and Dr. Kelly Brownell from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy. The event is free. RSVP to tsanders@malkinross.com.

Here's more than you ever wanted to know about why these taxes are likely to do some good and are worth passing:

    • Dr. Daines's editorial supporting the bill.
    • A handy Q and A on the taxes.
    • Advertisements from the Alliance for a Healthier New York.
    • Talking points for writing letters.
    • More talking points from the New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance.

Convinced? Want to help?

    • Sign the Statement of Support.
    • Join Legislative Visits on Wednesday, March 17, in Albany. Contact agarcia@nyam.org to sign up.
    • Send a letter to your representatives. Citizens' Committee for Children has a produced a letter-generator for this purpose.
    • Write a postcard using this prototype.

And just for fun, here is testimony from an official of PepsiCo opposing the taxes and a rebuttal from some group (sorry, I don't know which).

Finally, the Los Angeles Times (February 21) had a terrific graph of the recent sharp increase in lobbying expenditures (in the rebuttal). Given the mess in Albany, it will be interesting to see how all this goes. Act now!

Presented by

Marion Nestle is a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the author of Food Politics, Safe Food, What to Eat, and Pet Food Politics. More

Nestle also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (revised edition, 2007), Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003), and What to Eat (2006). Her most recent book is Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat. She writes the Food Matters column for The San Francisco Chronicle and blogs almost daily at Food Politics.

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