Taxing Unhealthy Foods

May 20, 2014 12:26 AM

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Taxing Unhealthy Foods

At the World Health Organization’s annual summit on Monday, a statement was read declaring the need to tax foods that are deemed harmful to overall global health. As a United Nations investigator, professor Olivier de Schutter, from Belgium, declared that a global pact is required in order to take on the epidemic of obesity.

De Schutter went on to say that the prevalence of unhealthy diets has taken the place of tobacco as the greatest threat to health worldwide. The recommendation being made was that the efforts to regulate tobacco could be a model for how to proceed with the regulation of food. De Schutter has been wo...

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