“Spread of soda tax fizzles,” read a headline last week on authoritative state politics website Stateline. We shouldn’t pop the champagne cork just yet, though. Anti-sugar activists are still gunning for soft drinks.
Apparently, sugary beverages like soda, juice, and sports drinks are so nefarious that they warrant a two-day conference this summer. In June, the food-police Center for Science in the Public (or, really, their own fringe) Interest is rallying the troops in Washington, D.C. for another push to put the government in a wide swath of beverages. This follows on CSPI’s recent lead balloon of last fall’s “Food Day,” which generated noise but little else — similar to the prospects of this conference.
But in case you’re curious about what you’re (not) missing, here’s who’s headlining this little gathering:
- Michael Jacobson, head of CSPI. Jacobson believes that a 16th century peasant diet of a “pound of bread, a spud, and a couple of carrots” is “basically a wonderfully healthy diet.” CSPI also has compared salt to cocaine and, as a general rule, hates anything that tastes good. Jacobson is the kind of guy who worries that someone, somewhere, is enjoying a snack.