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  1. #1
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    May 2011

    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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    Jul 2011
    Just read that.. Wtf? Ridiculous.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2011
    Topeka, Kansas
    i guarantee we in the US will see something similar happen in the very near future

  4. #4
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    Sep 2010
    Western PA
    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*

  5. #5
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    Aug 2010
    we already have with the junk food tax but i wouldn't doubt they'd implement this too
    yeah you are

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    Dec 2010
    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. #7
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    Aug 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    Quote Originally Posted by kenn View Post
    The knowledge they are using is SAD.

    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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    Mar 2011
    The Maritimes
    It seems Canada is now officially the free-est country in the world.
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    May 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Quote 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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  10. #10
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    Jul 2010
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Good View Post
    It seems Canada is now officially the free-est country in the world.
    It won't last for long. I live in the province of Quebec, I guarantee you they will all want to look progressive and they will do it because the nutritionists are gay for Europe here (oh, look and the French and their smaller portions, and the Mediterranean diet and blablabla). The only good thing here is that the government is so intent on pushing dairy that butter might be left alone. I fear for my bacon though.

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