Let’s debate: Ban on large sugar-filled drinks at restaurants
I try not to discuss food politics or politics of any kind here as I like to think I practice the good hostessing rule of no politics or religion at the (blog) table.
I find this to be ridiculous though and would like to have a healthy discussion about it. New York City is in the process of possibly banning large sized sugar-filled drinks at restaurants. What do you think of this? A recent article shares that Major Bloomberg’s health panel is even considering a wider food ban.
Where will it end? This could be a scary and very slippery slope. I find it interesting that we can’t be guaranteed a clean food supply by the government (E. Coli in your spinach, anyone?) but now tax money will be spent on this topic. I don’t think limiting the size of sugar-filled drinks in restaurants will affect obesity at all. I personally don’t think a junk food tax would either. Instead, we should focus on eliminating food deserts, educating people on how to eat better, and localizing our food supply.
I am not a fan of the government making choices for me and deciding what is good and not good for me.
This subject is more complicated and broad than I can comprehend, but I try. When I look at all the pieces I understand, I don’t understand how this is the best solution NYC can find.
Philadelphia has recruited over 600 corner stores to provide fresh produce at lower prices through their Get Healthy Philly initiative. I worry that this effort will be futile as well. So many of our issues stem from education, and I think obesity is one of them. I also feel the government should work harder to ensure we have a clean food supply, that animals are not injected with dozens of drugs and hormones, and that we don’t allow these mega corporations to genetically modify our fruits and vegetables and who knows what else. Why are we wasting our time on even the thought of limiting sugary drink sizes when we have so many problems with our food supply?
I know I don’t know all the facts. I know the issue is much larger than I will ever understand. I know that buying produce from the regular supermarket and unknowingly supporting some of these corporations is part of the problem. What’s the solution in today’s world? Living on my own farm or even getting all my produce from a local farm isn’t practical or feasible for my lifestyle, but then I guess I’m part of the problem too.
What is the outcome NYC is looking for by this proposed ban? If someone really wanted more soda wouldn’t they just buy a second soda?
I’d love to know your thoughts on this whole topic. Let’s discuss. What do you think of the NYC proposed bad on large size sugar-filled drinks at restaurants?