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Will Big Soda Learn From Election Day 2014?

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Now is the time for the public health community to learn the real lessons from Berkeley.

Nation's First Soda Tax Passes In Berkeley, Fails in San Francisco

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Local ballot measures in California to create the nation’s first taxes on sugary drinks saw both victory and defeat Tuesday when a bill won in Berke...

Think a Soda Tax Is Regressive? Try Diabetes

Andy Bellatti | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

If the well-being of lower-income Americans is so important to the beverage industry, how about ending the relentless marketing onslaught of sugar-laden and harmful products targeted right at them?

The Soda Tax Wars: Let's Help San Francisco and Berkeley Crush Big Soda

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Opponents of soda taxes say they don't work. They point to a study from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Actually, that study showed that soda taxes do work. Weak soda taxes of three percent, without any accompanying public health campaign, work weakly. But, they work. They decrease soda consumption.

The High Cost Of Sitting Down With Industry

Andy Bellatti | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

The nutritional fable goes something like this: Rather than criticize industry for its questionable practices, health organizations should "sit at the table" with industry leaders and see what compromises can be reached. This all sounds wonderfully cooperative and democratic, but it also ignores some stark realities.

Federal Excise Tax on Sugar Would Be Sweet

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The bill doesn't keep the industry from producing and marketing healthy beverages. In fact, it encourages the production of healthier beverages by basing rates on the amount of sugar in drinks as opposed to taxing by volume regardless of sugar content.

Sugary Drinks May Increase Stroke Risk

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A new study from researchers at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden looked at whether sugary drinks increase the risk of a stro...

Sugar Kills! How Do We Decrease Consumption?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Our advice could be simple: "Eat real food. If they advertise it, don't buy it." The explanation simple as well: They advertise food and beverages because they want you to eat and drink products that are unhealthy."

Water Is the Enemy, Gatorade Mobile Game Tells Youth

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 01.08.2014 | Green
Nancy Huehnergarth

What else is Big Soda doing to quash consumer water consumption, and damage the First Lady's Drink Up campaign, that we have yet to discover?

Big Soda Double-crosses Michelle Obama's "Drink Up" Water Program -- in Less Than 3 Months

Nancy Huehnergarth | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Nancy Huehnergarth

For those working diligently to promote tap water consumption, all is not lost.

Coca-Cola's Plan To Keep You From Drinking Water

Andy Bellatti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

"Cap the Tap" is a perfect example of the doublespeak that Big Food and Big Soda often employ. The carefully calculated veneer of wanting to be "part of the solution" and "offering choices" to consumers is negated by efforts like this one, which basically paints tap water as an enemy.

What Big Soda Learned From the Marlboro Man

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Food isn't tobacco. And Coca-Cola isn't Philip Morris. But the playbook is the same, and we ignore it at our peril.

Are The Coca Cola Bears In Trouble?

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

The Real Bears is an animated short film we produced in order to tell the truth about Big Soda. Jason Mraz was kind enough to write and record an original song just for this project. We may not have the big budgets that Coke and Pepsi have, but we do have the truth.

WATCH: Soda Ban Finally Goes To Vote On Thursday

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ and DAVID B. CARUSO | Posted 11.13.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — New York City cracked down on the sale of supersized sodas and other sugary drinks Thursday in what was celebrated by some as a groun...

The Battle Against Big Soda Continues

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 08.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The mayor of New York City is not banning the sale of soda. Nor is he telling consumers that they can't drink soda. Rather, he is calling attention to how much should be considered a reasonable amount to drink at a time.

Too Big To Chug: How Our Sodas Got So Huge

Mother Jones | Posted 06.26.2012 | Home

When McDonald's execs first struck up their lucrative business partnership with the Coca-Cola Company in 1955, they were thinking small—literally. A...

The Soda Tax Wars

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Peter Dreier

Armies of deep-pocketed lobbyists are marshaling astroturf front groups to give Coca-Cola and Pepsi's opposition to soda taxes a respectable air.

Speak Out Against Ill-Advised Coke-Doctors Partnership

Connie Bennett | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Connie Bennett

For a doctors' group to take a six-figure sum from Coke is like accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from Big Tobacco to create a physician-approved website claiming cigarettes are part of a healthy lifestyle.