Soda Tax/Food Politics


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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Berkeley vs. Big Soda

Posted September 10, 2014 by Robert Reich

I was phoned the other night in middle of dinner by an earnest young man named Spencer, who said he was doing a survey.
Rather than hang up I agreed to answer his questions. He asked me if I knew
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Marketing Healthy Food to Kids: Pro

Posted September 8, 2014 by Bettina Elias Siegel

Late last month, I wrote on The Lunch Tray about a former Coca-Cola executive named Jeff Dunn who is using various junk-food style marketing tactics to get kids interested in eating baby carrots.  In that post, I shared excerpts of an interesting Twitter exchange between two
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Marketing Healthy Food to Kids: Con

Posted September 8, 2014 by Casey Hinds

Is commercializing the vegetable aisle a good way to improve children’s diets? And do we really want more marketing to children that works to override listening to their internal hunger and satiety cues?  These were some of the questions that came to mind reading about companies using
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The Soda Industry’s Open Letter to SF

Posted September 2, 2014 by Nancy Huehnergarth

Hello San Franciscans,
We surely speak for everyone when we say that taxing sugary drinks is a horrible idea — especially for those of us in the soda industry who sell over $65 billion worth of soft drinks in America
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Should Schools Ban Hot Dogs?

Posted August 25, 2014 by

A grim story in the news this past week – at a Phoenix elementary school, a 7 year old died after choking on a corn dog in his school lunch. As horrifying as this event must have been for the
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