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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Subsidize then tax sodas

By Tim Carman

The latest in food news, ideas and philosophy, just in time for your lunch break.

* Talk about enhanced water. (TIME)

* Today's required reading: "Finally, there’s the elephant in the room here—and let me be clear that by elephant I mean Republicans and Democrats and by here I mean Congress—in the form of subsidies. Does it makes sense for the government to subsidize corn and, consequently, help make high fructose corn syrup cheaper? Of course not. But it makes even less sense for the government to both subsidize it and tax it. If you believe more expensive soda means lower obesity rates, then ending corn subsidies is a better way to both lower taxes and make soda more expensive." (Okra)

* Get a "Mouthful." (Eater)

* Be prepared for even longer lines. (TLC)

* Today's Super Bowl factoid: Black Eyed Peas to be Ushered, then Slashed. (WUSA9)

* Kids: Don't worry, the farm won't hurt you. (Los Angeles Times)

* Kiss your organics goodbye. (Atlantic Food)

* The immobile food truck is curbed. (TBD)

By Tim Carman  | February 3, 2011; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Food Politics, Food labeling, Media, Television  | Tags:  Lunch Room Chatter, Tim Carman  
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So the logical thing to do would be to stop paying the subsidies and also increase the tax on junk drinks. Then they should outlaw those stupid commercials where people laugh at people who think high fructose corn syrup isn't healthy and the ones where people whine about a "food tax" on syrupy drinks. Soda, sports drinks and "flavored water" aren't good for you and aren't considered food. That's why there is a tax on them and not on food.

Posted by: margaret6 | February 6, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

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