Sunday, June 3, 2012

Kudos to NY Mayor planning to ban large sugary drinks

Garbage from park clean-up
Obesity has become a huge nationwide problem. In response to this troubling epidemic New York's Mayor Bloomberg is proposing a ban on large sweetened drinks (New  York Plans to Ban Sales of Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks).  This ban would not include beverages sold in grocery or convenience stores. While it is great to encourage people to use their own common sense in decision making, however when poor decision making becomes a major burden on the society the government must step in.

I would also like to recommend a tax on the plastic bottles that contain so many sodas and other drinks.  There is considerable pollution involved in the manufacturing of this plastic, which often ends up being carelessly discarded.  The short and long term costs to the environment is not adequetly figured into the production of plastic bottles.

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