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Robert Bartlett

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Should a special tax be applied to "junk" food and applied to offset the costs of healtier foods?

We’ve all been told the virtues of eating healthy and reducing our intake of unnatural, processed, sugary fatty foods. However due to the economies of scale generated by huge multinational corporations it is often cheaper to eat unhealthy.

For example a bottle of Coke is usually cheaper than a bottle of juice or milk. A McDonalds happy meal is usually cheaper than a fresh salad sandwich. A chocolate bar is usually cheaper than a piece of fruit.

Therefore in order to promote healthier eating and increase its affordability should we be applying an additional tax to food and beverages that fall into certain categories and using this revenue to offset the price of health, natural foods?

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