Let’s catch up on soda taxes.
- Soda taxes are on the ballot or working their way to the ballot in Philadelphia, Oakland, San Francisco, and Boulder.
- Increasingly, health advocacy groups and politicians are speaking out on the need for — and benefits of — a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. By no means are soda taxes “the” solution with a capital “S”, but they are a valuable piece of a larger puzzle.
- This past February, Dietitians of Canada released a position paper recommending that an excise tax of at least 10 to 20 percent be applied to sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Canada.
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — which lists PepsiCo as a ‘premier sponsor’ — has remained mum. The last public statement from AND we could find was from 2012, when, in response to New York City’s 2012 sugary drinks portion cap rule, then-president Sylvia Escott-Stump called for moderation and education.
Is this going to be another instance of AND staying silent on a serious public health issue so as to not rock the corporate sponsorship boat? Time will tell.