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  • Terribly troubling: "Fat Tax" on butter...

    Without getting into a political discussion, this wrong-headed move by Denmark is what many are pushing for in the UK and the US.

    Conversations about government over-regulation and nanny-states aside, we are now basing it on really bad science:

    Body blow for butter-loving Danes as fat tax kicks in | World news | The Guardian

    In a sunny park in Copenhagen, Mathias Buch Jensen was unimpressed. All around him, people were tucking into beer and chips. There were few signs that the latest offensive in the worldwide war on obesity was having much effect.

    But then Denmark might not be the best place to experiment with a "fat tax" on lardy products. "You know, Danes are big fans of butter," Buch Jensen mused. "We love fat."

    He added: "Knowing the Danes, it could have the opposite effect. Like naughty children, when they are told not to do something, they do it even more."

    In a country known for butter and bacon, Denmark's new tax is a body blow. Danes who go shopping today will pay an extra 25p on a pack of butter and 8p on a packet of crisps, as the new tax on foods which contain more than 2.3% saturated fat comes into effect. Everything from milk to oils, meats and pre-cooked foods such as pizzas will be targeted. The additional revenue raised will fund obesity-fighting measures.

    The move has parallels elsewhere in Europe. Hungary has recently imposed a tax on all foods with unhealthy levels of sugar, salt and carbohydrates, as well as goods with high levels of caffeine. Denmark, Switzerland and Austria have already banned trans fats, while Finland and Romania are considering fat taxes.

    But it is Britain which has the biggest obesity problem in Europe, and campaigners have urged the government to follow Denmark's lead. Tam Fry, spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, said: "It is not a question of whether we should follow the Danes' lead – we have to. If we don't do anything about it, by 2050, 70% of the British population will be obese or overweight and that would result not only in the downfall of the NHS but also of our national workforce."
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  • #2
    Just read that.. Wtf? Ridiculous.

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    • #3
      i guarantee we in the US will see something similar happen in the very near future
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      • #4
        Yes, indeed. Then the population will continue to get fatter and fatter and in twenty years there will be a tax on wheat products. *sigh*
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        • #5
          we already have with the junk food tax but i wouldn't doubt they'd implement this too
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          • #6
            They add these taxes to fund state healthcare costs due to obesity that is rising greatly. The knowledge they are using is SAD.
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            • #7
              It seems Canada is now officially the free-est country in the world.
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              • #8
                Denmark also taxes prostitution. This is just another step in their government's "Let's tax everything awesome" initiative.

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                • #9
                  I already pay a "grain free tax" on my foods in the US. Since grains and corn are heavily subsidized and I avoid those foods and well as animals that are fed grains and corns, my food is a great deal more expensive. Adding a "fat tax" on top of that would really annoy me.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Alex Good View Post
                    It seems Canada is now officially the free-est country in the world.
                    If so, that's really not saying much at all.
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                    • #11
                      It's amazing. The governments set the dietary standards that make us all sick thanks to their ignorance and bad research. Then, after their guidelines make us all fat and sick, they add an extra tax to discourage us from eating the foods that actually are good for you, perpetuating the fat/sick cycle. This leaves us with only three possible conclusions:

                      1.) Government is the most incompetent body known to man and should be kept as far removed from the lives of civilians as possible.
                      2.) The government is evil and is doing this on purpose.
                      3.) Both 1 and 2.

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                      If the answer is "yes", DO NOT VOTE FOR THEM. The larger the government, the weaker the individual.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kenn View Post
                        The knowledge they are using is SAD.
                        SDD?

                        Do they have the same sort of agricultural policy there that we have? That's going to be our problem. The government will tax the same stuff they provide incentives for farmers' to produce. Ugh. Keep punishing the user rather than addressing the factory/industrial food model that makes it all possible/inevitable.
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                        • #13
                          That had better not make its way to the UK. Who do I write to about this?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by HeatherJ View Post
                            That had better not make its way to the UK. Who do I write to about this?
                            The debate is happening in the UK

                            BBC News - Panorama - Should the UK tax high-fat junk food to cut obesity rates?

                            Call to tax junk food ingredients to halt obesity | Society | The Observer
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
                              It's amazing. The governments set the dietary standards that make us all sick thanks to their ignorance and bad research. Then, after their guidelines make us all fat and sick, they add an extra tax to discourage us from eating the foods that actually are good for you, perpetuating the fat/sick cycle. This leaves us with only three possible conclusions:

                              1.) Government is the most incompetent body known to man and should be kept as far removed from the lives of civilians as possible.
                              2.) The government is evil and is doing this on purpose.
                              3.) Both 1 and 2.

                              Next time you go to the polls to cast your vote, ask yourself, "Is this candidate going to make the government larger and more powerful?"

                              If the answer is "yes", DO NOT VOTE FOR THEM. The larger the government, the weaker the individual.
                              It has nothing to do with the government and everything to do with who owns the government. Nothing will change. The pharmaceutical industry/medical industry/monsanto/war-machine banking oligarchies will always get what they want. Voting only gives consent to be governed.

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