How sugar taxes punish the people

Taxing sugar places the burden on the poor – people who are already burdened by higher rates of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. (Shutterstock)

Sarah Fessenden, Lecturer in Anthropology, University of British Columbia

Let’s stop pretending that unhealthy, unjust food systems can be solved by a tax on the consumer.

In 1981, Ronald Reagan said to the United States: “We’ve let government take away many things we once considered were really ours to do.”

Globally, people have...

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