Mexico’s Soda Tax with Raj Patel: Could it Happen Here?

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A year ago, Mexico was the first in the world to pass a national soda tax, to combat the world’s highest obesity rate. What can we learn from our neighbor about protecting our kids’ health? Is Mexico’s effort to curb excess sugar consumption possible in the US? Academic, journalist, and writer Raj Patel dialogues with Mexican public health leaders and activists about their hard-won campaign.


  • Raj Patel, award-winning Writer, Activist, and Academic
  • Rebecca L. Berner, Director, El Poder del Consumidor
  • Simon Barquera, MD, MS, PhD, Mexican National Institute of Public Health

Does our future health and economy depend on what we drink? Soda: the Series offers conversations about sugary drinks and their impact on the health of our families, community and environment. Experts will discuss the science of sugary drinks, tactics of the soda industry, and disease prevention efforts. These events take place in the run-up to the November election, when Berkeley will vote on Measure D, a tax on sugary drinks. Soda: the Series is sponsored by the Berkeley Healthy Child Coalition, Ecology Center, Public Health Institute, Prevention Institute and Small Planet Institute.

Saturday. September 27, 2014 7:00 pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
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2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA, 94702
$10-$50 sliding scale. Proceeds benefit Berkeley vs. Big Soda.
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510-548-2220 x222
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This event is wheelchair accessible.
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