The World Health Organization is urging governments worldwide to tax sodas, as a way of combating obesity.
Whether countries will take that recommendation is another issue entirely. You can read more here. Let the discussions of Big Nanny begin, but personally? I don’t think this is such a bad idea.
Won’t a soda tax negatively impact the funding Big Soda supplies to health and medical organizations?
And what about BPA and BPS and a host of other estrogenic chemicals and endocrine disrupters that leach into foods, including sodas, from their containers? What is the WHO doing about the public health risk posed by those chemicals?
It’s always been my opinion that the money Big Soda/Big Sugar gives to health initiatives is penance, and it’s not enough. I don’t see — and I only did a quick search — much about BPA and WHO, but maybe you know something I don’t. I only just gave up soda, and I still miss it, nasty stuff that it is.
The WHO has published “public awareness” documents in conjunction with other agencies, including our DHHS/NIH/NIEHS group, but that’s about it. They acknowledge the threat to public health these chemicals represent and how they have permeated the food supply…and our bodies. But no direct attacks on the industry as they’re doing now with soda. Which…in reality…is just a toothless response to recent revelations on how food industries influence public health legislation…especially in the United States.
I had no idea Big Soda/Sugar was so powerful until a few years ago. And now? They just seem everywhere.
Just like the chemicals in their products.
What we should be learning from these recent revelations about industry influence and SCIENCE!, (and regulation), is that a narrow focus when considering cause and effect in public health concerns really doesn’t do anybody any good.
It’s a Wack-a-Mole game.
And despite what the nonprofits…and regulators…claim, taking money from interests vested in particular outcomes corrupts the scientific…and regulatory…process. Conflicts of interest corrupt science. Its damage cannot be judged incrementally or shrugged off by good intentions.
What YOU said. Amen.
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