The Netherlands is imposing a "fat tax" on fatty foods to encourage people to consume less junk...think it would be great for society if they did this while lowering the price of fruits and vegetables in the meantime...what do you think? Or we could tax the hell out of companies producing that stuff in the first place! Yay or nay? I'm all for it!
I'm all for it. I personally wouldn't mind seeing 90% of the sugary garbage on the store shelves marketed towards kids getting bounced as well.
Over the years, many companies decided "Let's cut costs by cutting corners! Pack everything with corn syrup, fat, and sodium so it tastes great and costs less!"
More quality products on the shelves means more people living healthier no matter what. Also, it gives those obese parents one less excuse to raise their kids on Happy Meals.
Like CJ said, there would have to be a definitive line or companies would fight tooth and nail to not get the short end of the stick (or God Forbid, they have to start making LEGIT products). It really comes down to who has the money. The big shot merchandising companies usually have a hand in the pocket of politicians making righteous bills like this impossible to pass.
Sure, but you want to be careful about what you label 'junk food'.
For instance Kettle Chips are certainly potato chips (a traditional junk food), but they are made with premium Oregon potatoes (some of the finest in the world) and have no artificial ingredients. They taste really good and I've been eating them for years with zero ill effects. In short, I love 'em and would be most displeased to see their prices raised.
On the other hand I wouldn't want to eat a whole bag of Cheetos or Lay's every week for a year. They're too salty, too many artificial flavors, they just aren't as beneficial. So, taxing stuff that is demonstrably bad for you in order to subsidize local farmers sounds fair, but just be careful not to punish legitimate businesses who sell good honest products.
The problem is that they won't reduce the price on vegetables and other low-fat / healthy food. Besides, in times of economical crisis this won't be a smart move, a lot of fastfood-restaurants will go bankrupt... job oppurtunities will be lost, people will get fired and so on.
It's another one of those useless things they're thinking about and spending money / time on while they should be spending it on the economy and other more pressing matters...
Ok, but since we're addressing these problems, lets institute a 1000% tax on alcohol since it destroys livers when abused. Lets add a tax on cars because WHEN ABUSED they cause accidents and kill people. Better also tax any type of radiation since it can cause cancer. F*** it, tax cancer too.
See how stupid this becomes? Taxing the problem doesn't fix it, it just gives the gov't a bigger budget to waste on stupid sh*t. The real key to fixing problems is proactive education.
The fat tax ignores a lot of realities about food and what kind of foods have fat and what nutrition they give. That's why I don't support the fat tax but rather sugar tax. That's what will actually target the problem.
Yes. Why would you want to take food? Food and medications are the only things that are tax free in most states because you need them to survive. People that live on the very bottom, many times have to eat the crappies foods (junk foods), just to get their daily calories. You should never tax food.
Not every one is obese, it's not my fault that a family buys junk food for their kids, and it's not the company's fault either, they don't say you have to buy our food, no one is being forced to eat those kinds of foods. Why should I be punished because I like to eat a bag of chips every now and then, but keep in shape, while they don't give a crap about their bodies? If your fat it is because you made yourself fat, no company made you fat, you bought the product and it made you fat that's your problem.
I don't want a govt that can tell me what I can and can't eat, plus if they do tax bad foods, it won't solve a damn thing. Cigarettes have a high tax on them, and does that stop people from buying them nope, and that price keeps going up, if people like something they will continue to buy it.
"Or we could tax the hell out of companies producing the stuff in the first place" Haha Amen to that... I think it's just another scam to get more taxes.. That's like creating a car tax.. "everyone who drives a car we are gonna tax you!" BUT at the same time it would motivate people to lose weight.. but the problem is super obese people are gonna have to pay taxes for a couple more years because the weight won't come off like a piece of cake.. But I actually am starting to think this will be a good idea... To the greedy tax collectors this is their biggest dream come true, but for the health of America and other places this is our dream come true aka getting healthier for ourselves :D and people we care about
I think people should learn to give themselves time to prepare good food. American's tend to get "too busy" and prioritize towards work over food. Then make boxed things.
I think if people took more time to cook, they'd be a lot more aware of what they're eating and change their habbits.
Also- I've found vegetables to be cheaper than processed food. You just have to know where to buy them (aka farmer's markets. Glorious places)
Its more a matter of a change in mentality. It'd have to be a redicously steep tax to the point where companies would be forced to change their production focus because consumers can't afford them, and thus they aren't making profit anymore.
i hate how people try to blame every other factor but the people themselves. Its not the food, but the PEOPLE eating the food. Fatty foods are OK to eat, just not in large amounts. IF PEOPLE WOULD LEARN TO STOP EATING SO MUCH OF IT, THEN THERE WOULDN'T BE A NEED FOR OUTRAGEOUS IDEAS LIKE TAXES. Everyone is missing the point here... I'm overweight myself and I know that the reason is because I choose to eat unhealthy foods and do not excercise regularly, but you don't see me blaming other things when it really comes down to me. We should each take responsibility here, then things would start to get better. By the way I'm now on a diet and getting excercise. lost about 30 pounds over two months so I'm correcting it.
Sure, we tax alcohol and tobacco. Obesity related diseases kill more people a year than tobacco even before they bagan taxing it. I predicted that this was coming a long time ago! We should also tax soft and energy drinks.