Friday, November 01, 2013

Bog #8: Mexico (Junk Food Tax is Approved)

            In Mexico they increased the prince on junk foods like candy, soda and chips. This was approved on Halloween to start with the new taxes. The taxes include 1 peso (.76 cents US dollars) per liter of soda and 8% sales tax for fatty junk foods even including cereal. Mexico’s President, Enrique Pena Nieto, is putting this law into action this coming January. The companies that are selling the fatty foods in Mexico are trying to stop this from happening because they are at risk of their sales going down on the things they are selling. Mexico is only trying to make their people less at risk for obesity and diabetes. With these increasing taxes they are also achieving at making more money for things people buy every single day. According to the World Health Organization, 70% of Mexicans are overweight and are at risk for diseases that could end their lives. In Ney York City, their mayor launches an add campaign to support Mexico’s doings with the taxes. This will also be eliminating some industrial plants on the boarder of the United States.
            As a country, increasing the taxes on all junk foods and sugary drinks is a very smart move for Mexico to make. Too many people are obese in this world and we cant sit around monitoring every little thing people each some raising the prices keeps them from buying extreme amounts of fatty foods. The only thing that could be bad about raising the taxes on sugary foods would be the factories on the United States borders that give Mexicans very good job opportunities. Without these jobs they wouldn’t have a place to make money and would have trouble finding another job. This is something the United States should put into action for their residents instead of making all the fatty foods so cheap and easy to get a hold of.

Kaley Stapleton
November 1, 2013

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