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Food Tax/Credit

A Tax / Credit on food products based on ingredients.
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We are all aware of ingredients that are generally unhealthy for us (and not just in excess), and we are equally aware of foods that are better for us (whole grains, vegetables, nuts, etc.). All packaged food is already required to include all ingredients due to consumer laws, so it is just a matter of evaluating how healthy/unhealthy all ingredients are and how much is included into each serving. This way, food producers have an incentive to produce healthier foods for which they will receive a credit when produced, versus a higher tax on food products deemed generally unhealthy. Exemptions would be made for food producers that gross less than a certain amount in a year i.e. farmer's markets, etc.
twitch, Apr 17 2016

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       Health Fascism [-]
8th of 7, Apr 17 2016
  

       What [8th] said, plus WKTE. The so-called "sugar tax" already exists in some places, and has been heavily discussed in the UK, as a means of discouraging high-sugar drinks and snacks.   

       But mainly what [8th] said. Put it this way: if I want to make triple-chocolate cookies with extra high- fructose corn syrup and a sugar frosting; and then sell them to [8th]; what business is it of my government?
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 17 2016
  

       Seems like a good idea. Lower income families often make unhealthy choices because they fit the budget. A tax/credit plan might put healthier choices in the same price range, improving consumer health and perhaps forcing out the high sugar, high carb glop. [+]
whatrock, Apr 17 2016
  

       ^ Social engineering.   

       <anti do-gooder rant>
8th of 7, Apr 17 2016
  

       what [Max] will say next.
Voice, Apr 17 2016
  

       what [Voice] said.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 17 2016
  

       [-] sin tax.   

       On the other hand, setting a limit on the amount of sugar, grease, salt, addictives in commercially produced food could work.
FlyingToaster, Apr 17 2016
  

       // setting a limit//   

       How is that better or different? Again - if I want to make and sell things with lots of fat, sugar and salt in them - what business is it of anyone else?   

       The only legal requirement should be that food is clearly and accurately labelled so that people can make informed decisions.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 17 2016
  

       Or, what if you wanted to merely sell lard, or sugar, or salt. Think how inconvenient it would be, having to be restricted to sell a fraction of the product. For the same price.
Ian Tindale, Apr 17 2016
  

       Social engineering? How about I describe that with another word: Marketing. Most big food producers are in the business of making money over other things and if that means that they use HFCS and pack it with preservatives to extend the shelf life, that's what they'll do. If the government was in the health care business, it would make sense to incentive healthy lifestyles and food choices unless of course health companies and government colluded to keep us unhealthy in order to keep them wealthy.
twitch, Apr 26 2016
  
      
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