This makes sense

In this post, Mark Bittman (an op-ed columnist I recommend) suggests adding a tax on unhealthy food (e.g. soda, French fries) and using that money to subsidize healthy foods.  The idea is nothing new, but it just makes plain sense.  And everyone benefits –the government can lower health care costs – something it can really use right now – and people will become healthier.  I understand that various agricultural lobbies make this difficult, but this one is too logical to forego…

[The average American consumed 44.7 gallons of soft drinks in 2010 – from Mark Bittman’s blog]

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