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Nov 7 2014

By Jeff Ritterman, M.D.

Dear Sarah Kliff,

I found this Vox article “Berkeley Has Brand New Soda Tax That Won’t Reduce Obesity” to be both scientifically inaccurate and terribly offensive.

Nov 5 2014

By Dana Woldow, Food Advocate.

In the wake of Tuesday night’s landmark victory for Berkeley’s Measure D soda tax—it got a whopping 75% of the vote– New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman sees rough times ahead for Big Soda. “In the long run, they are doomed – people will drink fewer sugary drinks,” he told me in an e-mail. “This very significant victory brings ​that inevitable scenario that much closer.”

What comes next?

By Kick the Can.

For the first time in history, a U.S. city will begin taxing sugar-sweetened drinks for the sake of public health! The City of Berkeley overwhelmingly passed the “Measure D” soda tax on Election Day.

Nov 3 2014

By Dana Woldow, Food Advocate.

Have you seen or heard those ads from the No on Prop E campaign claiming that passage of the soda tax measure would cost San Francisco over $60 million in revenue and 1,000 lost jobs? If you were fooled into thinking that any of the “facts” contained in those ads are true, you’re not alone. Beverage industry spokesman Roger Salazar was also able to trick at least one experienced reporter.

Oct 22 2014

By Elliot Haspel, Education Advocate

The tobacco wars of the last half of the 20th century began before I was born, but I can’t help noticing the similarities with the debate over soda and Proposition E. I’m glad to be able to speak up this time, and have a voice in this battle.

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