Reported: A health advance in Mexico that’s eluded us

junk food tax

Mexico enacted a junk food and soda tax that’s eluded U.S. states and cities.

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.

-Len Maniace


About lenmaniace

Award-winning writer and editor who has worked as a journalist and a corporate communications professional specializing in environmental sustainability and public health policy. Experience includes successful media outreach for a Manhattan publicity firm. Board member and president of a community-based nonprofit. Founder and leader of a series of successful park, art and environmental programs in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the nation’s most diverse city. * Executive Editor at Elsevier, a leading scientific and medical publisher. * Publicist, Media Advisor, Social Media Manager (part-time) at Monteiro & Co., a book-marketing company that specializes in business management, economics and politics. * Reporter (part-time) at the New York Post, specializing in breaking news in the world’s most competitive media market. * Senior Writer and Editor at The Journal News/, Gannett’s daily news outlet in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. Specialized in health policy and environmental sustainability issues * President the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, a volunteer nonprofit civic organization in Queens, N.Y. Leader of its innovative environmental sustainability programs, including the Green Agenda for Jackson Heights.
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