Letter to the editor

Letter: What is food?

By David Rigsby, Embudo
Posted 3/7/19

In relation to the My Turn article by Terry Surguine in the Feb. 28 issue (”Say No to the Zombie Food Tax in New Mexico”), I wish to start the conversation about food tax by asking the …

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Letter to the editor

Letter: What is food?

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In relation to the My Turn article by Terry Surguine in the Feb. 28 issue (”Say No to the Zombie Food Tax in New Mexico”), I wish to start the conversation about food tax by asking the question, “What is food?”

With nearly half our national population overweight or obese, and so many more unhealthy for dietary reasons, why are we ignoring our addictions to patently unhealthy stuff like corn syrup sodas, candy bars, chips and pastries by calling them nontaxable food? Fred Nathan of Think New Mexico has acknowledged this dichotomy with me, but holds that following the “food stamp” or SNAP definitions of “food” is the right thing to do... Might it be better to ask our federal government to buck the hugely profitable “junk food” market and change the definition for health’s sake? Or are the profits made by these corporations and others such as the pharmaceutical and health care institutions more than we can question for our health’s sake? Maybe it is time to start the dialogue. Taxes are a powerful motivator.

David Rigsby, Embudo

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