Save the Date: Mexico’s Soda Tax with Raj Patel, 9/27/14

Save the Date: Mexico's Soda Tax with Raj Patel, 9/27/14
A year ago, Mexico was the first in the world to pass a national soda tax, to combat the world’s highest obesity rate. Early results show that the tax has effectively reduced sales of soda by 10%. What can we learn from our neighbor about protecting our kids’ health? Is Mexico’s effort to curb excess… Read more »

Soda Lobby Sues Berkeley over Soda Tax Language

Soda Lobby Sues Berkeley over Soda Tax Language
Berkeleyside, Berkeley Voice, and other local media have picked up on the story about Big Soda’s first move to bully Berkeley over its soda tax. Read on for our press release about the lawsuit. Industry-funded opponents of Berkeley’s soda tax are suing the City of Berkeley over phrases in the Measure D ballot statement. The… Read more »

Walk and Talk for Measure D, Berkeley’s Soda Tax

Walk and Talk for Measure D, Berkeley's Soda Tax
The Ecology Center strongly supports the Berkeley Soda Tax, which will be on the ballot in November. We are part of a wide grassroots effort, fighting for the health of the next generation. August and September are prime times for canvassing and phone banking for the Berkeley vs. Big Soda campaign, so we urge our… Read more »

The Science of Sugar & Its Bitter Impact on Health, 9/4/14

The Science of Sugar & Its Bitter Impact on Health, 9/4/14
Are all calories the same? What’s all the fuss about sugar? Sugary drinks are causing health epidemics and driving up medical costs. At a panel event at the Hillside Club on September 4, Robert Lustig, John Swartzberg, June Tester, and Pat Crawford will share the latest research and discuss the impact on our future. This… Read more »

Update: City Council Votes Unanimously to Place Soda Tax on Berkeley Ballot

Update: City Council Votes Unanimously to Place Soda Tax on Berkeley Ballot
On Tuesday July 1, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously and enthusiastically to place a soda tax measure on the November 2014 ballot. If voters approve the measure in November, Berkeley would be the first US city to tax sugar-sweetened drinks. BeyondChron published an article busting the beverage industry’s myth that a soda tax is… Read more »