March 14, 2013 This week, New York City's so-called soda ban was supposed to begin: You wouldn't be able to find a sugary drink over 16 ounces anywhere. But a judge invalidated the ban before it took effect, and to celebrate, The Sandwich Monday guys have created a new drink: The Bloomberg.
A Coca-Cola mural in Vicksburg, Miss., where the soda was first bottled in 1894. Mississippi's governor is expected to sign a bill that would prevent the regulation of soda portion sizes by counties or towns.
March 12, 2013 A bill now on the governor's desk would bar Mississippi counties and towns from enacting rules that require calorie counts to be posted, that cap portion sizes, or that keep toys out of kids' meals.
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A customer fills a 21-ounce cup with soda at a New York City McDonald's.
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March 11, 2013 A state Supreme Court justice said the regulations overstepped the authority granted to the New York City Board of Health. And the judge noted that the regulations wouldn't have applied equally across food retailers.
November 13, 2012 Denmark plans to abolish its so-called fat tax after barely a year, citing hardships on business and the poor. And while some Danes might celebrate by spreading on the "toothbutter," other countries are watching closely for signs of whether regulating food works as a way to get people to eat healthier.
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September 24, 2012 Public health considerations alone are not enough to justify banning the sale of large containers of soda. Commentator Alva Noë argues that the question at hand is one of the values we hold, not healthcare costs.
September 16, 2012 The new ban on the sale of soft drinks in large containers in New York City is arbitrary and insulting, argues commentator and philosopher Alva Noë. He says that "just because something is bad, that doesn't mean you should ban it."
September 13, 2012 People are taking the New York City's proposed big soda ban to heart because it goes after our food. And cultural anthropologists say we have strong attachments to what we consider food — and we don't like it taken away.
A New York subway ad from Zevia soda company, supporting the mayor's ban.
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July 24, 2012 At a public hearing today, the opponents to New York Mayor Bloomberg's proposed big soda ban are saying the government is too involved in personal health decisions. But the mayor is determined, and the ban is likely to be approved by the board of health in September.
New York City food carts would also be affected by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban sugary drinks 16 oz. and larger.
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May 31, 2012 Mayor Bloomberg's proposed ban on large sugary drinks may not slake peoples' thirst for them, or address the obesity problem. A behavioral expert says people who want to buy lots of soda may just rebel at being told what to do.
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