YES! YES! YES!
A 20 per cent tax on junk food to fund free dental care for low-income families is being proposed by one of New Zealand’s minor parties.
The Opportunities Party (TOP) says the tax would bring in about $1 billion a year which would also be used to cap the cost of doctors’ visits to less than $10 and ensure nationwide access to cheap fruit and vegetable boxes.
The 20 per cent tax hike would see the cost of a Big Mac jump by $1.64 to $9.84, a 1.5L bottle of Coke increase by 75c to $4.64 and a slab of Whittaker’s chocolate increase by 93c to $5.62.
The party launched its health policy this afternoon outside the Coca-Cola factory in Auckland.
Big Sugar often get ignored as one of the 4 Horseman of the Apocalypse. Their addictive and poisonous drug (sugar) is not only brought to our table via exceptionally exploitative labour practices, but it’s collusion with the manufactured food industry makes every corner side Dairy a pimp.
Combine this with GST off fresh fruit and food, and we can finally take back control of the market that has been utterly dominated by the Big Sugar and manufactured food Industry who peddle high fat and high sugar to the reptilian parts of our brain that are evolutionally hard wired to seek them out.
It’s time to get serious about our food health and TOP seem to be the only ones taking it seriously!
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