As Whaleoil warned:
The health troughers, funded with millions of dollars of taxpayer funding, were going to target them (the food industry) and use brutal tactics like those used against the tobacco industry. Two years on I have been proved right and the attack is massive with calls now for fat, sugar and salt taxes and covering almost every primary food producer in New Zealand.
It’s a clever, successful and lucrative formula. Under the guise of ‘caring’ for ‘our’ health, medical academics get government grants to find reasons why governments need to raise taxes. In an era of ever bigger government raising taxes is music to politician’s ears, especially when they can bleed we hapless patients dry of all our hard earned cash because they can ‘prove’ it’s good for us. It’s the catch cry of Socialism down the ages – nanny state know best.
It’s nonsense of course as this damning report from the Taxpayers’ Union demonstrates.
Fizzed out: Why a sugar tax won’t curb obesity
One of our researchers, Joshua Riddiford, has been looking into the issue of food taxes. This morning we launched his report examining the effectiveness of sugar taxes in curbing obesity.
The report contains Nielsen sales data, which is being publicly released for the first time in New Zealand. The data shows that Mexican sales of sugar sweetened beverages have not moved, despite the introduction of a sugar tax. Auckland University’s public health activists are choosing to use a study which relies on interview data to support their campaign. The real sales data, obtained by your humble Taxpayers’ Union, does not lie.
Fizzed out: Why a sugar tax won’t curb obesity sets the record straight, and examines the evidence on whether introducing new taxes on food and drinks are likely to affect obesity rates.
Only 1.6 per cent of New Zealanders' total energy intake comes from the added sugar content of sugar sweetened non-alcoholic beverages
New Zealanders' consumption of sugar and sugar sweetened beverages is trending downward
New Zealanders are still getting fatter despite consuming fewer calories, suggesting that we’re not burning as much energy
Sugar taxes hurt the poor and do not result in the decreased consumption tax-supporters claim
Similar taxes overseas have not worked - Mexico’s tax on soda resulted in no decrease in consumption, despite recent claims to the contrary by New Zealand campaigners