1 in 2 children of color will get diabetes in their lifetime. This is one of the main reasons why the Ecology Center is involved in the Healthy Child Initiative, the effort to put a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages. We have linked a factor in our environment that is making us sick and killing… Read more »
Local news website BeyondChron is running a series of articles called “Soda Tax Myths.” With the series, they are shining a light on what is shaping up to be a big campaign for the 2014 ballot, in both San Francisco and Berkeley. The election season is hardly here yet, but based on past ballot initiatives… Read more »
The Healthy Child Initiative is a campaign to put a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on the November 2014 ballot. At a packed meeting on Tuesday, City Council unanimously approved taking the first step for it to be included on the ballot, by including it in a community poll of potential ballot measures. If passed, Berkeley would… Read more »
A recent op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle lines up the scientific reasons why sugary beverages are linked to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other health concerns. The quick snapshot is that soda and other sugary drinks deliver huge quantities of glucose and fructose directly to our bloodstream, overloading our pancreas and liver. Fructose gets… Read more »
Two San Francisco Supervisors are moving forward a 2014 ballot measure to put a 2 cents per ounce tax on sodas. The soda and beverage industry is paying attention and has started to respond, setting up for a David-and-Goliath battle in the 2014 election.
The tax, which would add up to 24 cents per can… Read more »