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What if they tax fat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 25, 2011 at 9:55 PM

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/can-fat-taxes-keep-us-healthy.html

According to this article some goverments wanna tax fat or do it already? Would this change your diet to a low fat diet? Or do you think they also tax healthy fats like butter lard, nuts, seeds, ...?

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on August 25, 2011
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They should tax fat. Measure everyone's body % and tax accordingly to individuals demographics. Now there is a plan to get people healthy :)

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:07 PM

They aren't taxing fat, they're putting heavier taxes on highly processed foods and high-sugar drinks. I don't think it's a concern for us, really. And honestly, if it's the choice between implementing a tax on processed foods made with subsidy crops or removing the subsidies altogether, this is not only more likely to happen but also puts the majority of the burden on the chemical companies creating the "foods" and not the farmers who are simply taking advantage of the system. There are a number of books out there discussing why subsidies are both unnecessary and also very difficult to remove. It's always possible that the taxes will lower affordability, which might lower sales, which might encourage those companies to invest in other industries, which might eventually result in subsidies no longer being so heavily protected by lobby.

Then again, that's a lot of "might."

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on August 25, 2011
at 11:08 PM

They should tax fat. Measure everyone's body % and tax accordingly to individuals demographics. Now there is a plan to get people healthy :)

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on August 26, 2011
at 01:17 AM

That's why I'm against all government intervention in everything. Even if it sounds good on the surface, it will ultimately end up negatively impacting me. Stop the nanny state and let us all make our own decisions.

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