Chewing the fat on a saturated fat tax

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 | gibju57p | 2 Comments

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Associate Professor Nick Wilson, University of Otago Wellington

An article we published last week generated plenty of debate [1] (some thoughtful, some distortionary), and in particular debate on the complexities of taxing food. In this blog I argue that, yes, such tax packages have to be well designed (and more research would be helpful), but nevertheless that there is much that could be potentially gained by taxes on saturated fat. Continue reading

What the fizz! A week of dealing to sugary drinks in NY and NZ

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 | TONY BLAKELY | 2 Comments

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A curious week in the world of soft drinks.

The surprising darling of public health action on soft drinks, New York, suffered a set-back when the New York state Supreme Court Appellate Division said that Bloomberg’s health board had gone too far in stopping sales of non-diet soda and other sugar-laden beverages in containers bigger 470mL. Continue reading