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Sin Taxes

2011_07_bittman.jpgMark Bittman pens a monster op-ed for the Sunday Review, calling for excise taxes on unhealthful foods like soda, chips, fries, and doughnuts: "A 20 percent increase in the price of sugary drinks nationally could result in about a 20 percent decrease in consumption, which in the next decade could prevent 1.5 million Americans from becoming obese and 400,000 cases of diabetes, saving about $30 billion." [NYT]