Quote:Have you seen recent news broadcasts, MJ? Many fresh fruits will be priced even more out of reach for the working poor, due to a harsh winter and the recent earthquakes.
Well a simple solution would be to increase production of domestic fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods. The US has a very diverse climate, and is really capable of producing a wide variety of foods.
You could also cut back subsidies of corn, which is relatively less healthy, which would cause an increase in healthy byproducts like corn syrup. We have become increasing dependent on corn as a nation, and this has even caused more health problems for our nation (http://www.caivn.org/article/2010/02/24/end-corn-subsidies-and-soda-tax-wont-be-needed-get-california-back-shape
Quote:Putting a special tax on cheaper foods before there's enough fruits and vegetables to go around would be a terrible disaster.
You put the tax on unhealthy foods. Eating at McDonald's is more expensive than eating a ham and cheese sandwich. No one NEEDS softdrinks or Little Debbie cakes.
The only result of placing a 5% sales tax on fast foods is that less people will eat out. They will still eat, and won't suddenly starve. This move will result in healthy lifestyles, reducing health care costs. The people who still want to, and can afford to, eat out will. And that extra revenue can go to all kinds of programs. It could even go to subsidize the costs of healthy food.