Soda Tax/Food Politics


Yes on Soda Tax for Kids’ Cooking Classes

Posted October 20, 2014 by Katie Olender

“This is the best salad I’ve ever eaten in my entire life!” exclaimed an excited five year old in the teaching kitchen. Out of pure happiness, I couldn’t help but shoot a smile to another one of the teachers (we
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Big Soda is Just Making Stuff Up

Posted October 15, 2014 by

Once upon a time, Big Soda would commission studies to support their claims. Now, they just make stuff up. As soda taxes on the ballot in SF and Berkeley gain momentum, the opposition has been reduced to bluffing to try
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Think a soda tax is regressive? Try diabetes.

Posted October 14, 2014 by Andy Bellatti

The beverage industry has a variety of go-to defense arguments when faced with the threat of a soda tax like San Francisco’s Proposition E. “Freedom of choice” is popular, and a deliberate misrepresentation of the issue, since soda taxes are
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Big Soda's Deceptions on Soda Tax

Big Soda’s Deceptions Keep on Coming

Posted October 7, 2014 by

It’s been a rough few weeks for Big Soda spinmeisters, as their latest attempts at deception have all been busted by an increasingly skeptical media. From bogus claims about who exactly opposes a soda tax, to high profile promises to
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Prop E: SF again leads way on children's health

SF Leads Way With Prop E

Posted October 6, 2014 by Jill Wynns, Commissioner, SF Board of Education

Prop E, the sugary beverage tax, is the next logical step for San Francisco, the city that has always taken the lead in making people’s lives better. We value access to health care, fresh and healthy food, clean water, public
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Soda Wolves Disguised in Sheep’s Clothing

Posted September 29, 2014 by Casey Hinds

“Magically, when they would turn twelve, we’d suddenly attack them like a bunch of wolves.” I was reminded of that quote from a former top marketing executive at Coca-Cola when I saw the recent news about soda companies pledging to reduce calories. Last year, the
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Talking Back to Big Soda

Posted September 22, 2014 by

When I first started writing about San Francisco’s proposed soda tax back in January 2014, there wasn’t much public conversation about the idea, but now with Proposition E (Tax on Sugar Sweetened Beverages) on the ballot and the November election
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SF Soda Tax Funds PE for All

Posted September 15, 2014 by Christina Goette

When the SF Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012, my elementary school-age daughter and I were beyond excited. But my elation was dampened by the reality that many children never learn how to swing a bat or
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