A fascinating story on how Mexico is dealing with obesity and the junk food that’s implicated in this epidemic sweeping that nation and ours.
Mexico enacted a junk food tax that goes beyond the soda tax approved by New York City, which was then overruled by a state court before taking effect.
That’s something that has eluded more than 30 U.S. states and and cities, according to the following article by David Levine in the current issue of Governing magazine:
Mexico has succeeded in pushing forward a policy that has so far eluded more than 30 U.S. states and cities. In October, the Mexican Legislature passed a soda tax. Actually, the legislation, which took effect in January, created an 8 percent tax on all junk food that contains more than 275 calories per 100 grams and a new peso-per-liter tax — about 10 percent — on sugar-sweetened drinks.