Then They Came for the Fresca
The growing ambitions of the food police.
Correction, Sept. 30, 2009: I originally wrote that according to Engber, 40 states had special taxes on soda or junk food. I misread him. What he actually said was that 40 states taxed these products. The figure is based on a New England Journal of Medicine article that reported, "Forty states already have small taxes on sugared beverages and snack foods." I was wrong to infer that such taxes, across the 40 states, are specific to these products. (Return to the corrected sentence.)
Will Saletan covers science, technology, and politics for Slate and says a lot of things that get him in trouble.