In addition to these proposals, the government should remove the tax loophole for sugar sweetened beverages. Currently these beverages receive an advantage over other foods, because tax payer money goes to subsidize the corn syrup used to produce them. The states can counter this reverse tax, by charge a few cents on each ounce sold. The money can be used to promote healthy foods.
Nutrition Experts Propose New Class of Low-Sugar Beverages to Reduce Role of Sugary Drink Consumption In Obesity and Diabetes Epidemics - April 20, 2009 -2009 Releases - Press Releases - Harvard School of Public Health