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There have been several areas throughout the country that have enacted taxes and regulations on food products. Some examples are regulations on the size of sodas sold in New York City, and taxes on soda in areas of California and Colorado. After reading the articles for and against ?sin? taxes, consider the following questions as you write this week?s discussion post:
Do you feel that ?sin? taxes are effective at lowering intake of junk food and decreasing obesity?

Do these taxes unfairly target specific groups of people?

Do you feel people respond better to punishment (i.e. being taxed on ?bad? food) or reward (i.e. discounts on ?good? foods like fruits and vegetables)? Explain why you feel this way in your answer.

Are there better ways than taxes to change behaviors? Describe at least 3 ideas you have for affecting change.

Use your own community as an example. How likely do you think people in your community would be to support taxes on unhealthy foods? (providence, RI)Article

History of government subsidies and impact on food supply
This information will help you complete this week’s discussion and the National Obesity Plan assignment.
Kathleen Masterson -?The Farm Bill: From Charitable Start To Prime Budget Target
Daniel Sumner -?Agricultural Subsidy Programs

Food industry and policies
This information will help you complete this week’s discussion and the National Obesity Plan assignment.
Michael Mudd -?How to Force Ethics on the Food Industry (PDF)
Tina Rosenberg -?To Fight Obesity, a Carrot, and a Stick (PDF)
Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador, and Olivier De Schutter?-?A National Food Policy for the 21st?Century

Sin taxes
This information will help you complete this week’s discussion and the National Obesity Plan assignment.
Greg?Miller?-?The Global Soda Tax Experiment
Caroline Franck, Sonia M. Grandi and Mark J. Eisenberg -?Taxing Junk Food to Counter Obesity
Michael D. Thomas -?Junk Food Taxes Don’t Work
Mark Bittman ??Bad Food? Tax It, and Subsidize Vegetables (PDF)

Public health
This information will help you complete this week’s discussion and the National Obesity Plan assignment.
Harvard School of Public Health -?Obesity Prevention Source