Consumer Purchasing

Xavier Morales on Soda Taxes and Equity

E99: How Soda Taxes Can Drive Equity and Community Wellbeing

November 2020

Soda taxes now exist in about 50 countries around the world and in a number of US cities. They raise lots and lots of money. How would you suggest that the revenues be used? This podcast focuses on the connection between sugar-sweetened beverage taxes and racial and social equity. We're speaking today with a champion of community-driven approaches to health equity and environmental justice. My guest is Xavier Morales, the executive director of The Praxis Project, the national organization headquartered in Oakland and dedicated to supporting communities, building power for health. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E99: How Soda Taxes Can Drive Equity and Community Wellbeing »


Michael Goran and Emily Ventura

E88: How to Sugarproof Your Kids

September 2020

This is the second of two podcasts with the authors of the new book Sugarproof, The Hidden Dangers of Sugar that are Putting Your Child at Risk and What You Can Do. Our first podcast offered a fascinating view of the effects of sugar on children and this podcast will discuss what might be done. University of Southern California's Michael Goran leads the program in Diabetes and Obesity at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, his co-author Emily Ventura is a nutrition educator, public health advocate, writer and cook. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E88: How to Sugarproof Your Kids »


Barry Popkin on the International Success of Soda Taxes

E43: Barry Popkin on the International Success of Soda Taxes

June 2019

Taxes on sugar sweetened beverages now exist in a number of cities in the United States, including Philadelphia, Oakland, and San Francisco, and in more than 40 countries around the world. These have been made possible by dedicated, passionate and talented people working on the science supporting the use of such taxes. They evaluated the impact of these taxes and have worked with governments to decide how taxes might be structured and implemented. And there is no person who does all these things better and does so in every corner of the world than Barry Popkin. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E43: Barry Popkin on the International Success of Soda Taxes »


Barry Popkin and Chile's Success with the Soda Tax

E44: Chile’s Health Strategy: Warning Labels, Soda Taxes, and Marketing Limits

June 2019

So what happens when a country gets really serious...REALLY serious about tackling diet, nutrition, and chronic disease? Is there a country in the world that stands out for taking the most imaginative and strongest action? The answer is yes, and a person who knows a lot about this is our guest Barry Popkin. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E44: Chile’s Health Strategy: Warning Labels, Soda Taxes, and Marketing Limits »


Dr. Jim Krieger

E42: Jim Krieger on the Making of a Soda Tax

June 2019

Let's say that you are a public health advocate and would like to see a tax on sugar sweetened beverages established in your community. What steps would you take? What coalitions do you think you'd need to build. And how would you go about the extraordinary work of gathering support from both the public and political figures? Few people are in a position to tell the story in such a compelling way as today's guest Dr. James Krieger, who joins us from Seattle--one of the many places in the world that now has such taxes. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E42: Jim Krieger on the Making of a Soda Tax »


Rick Larrick

E39: Rick Larrick on the Hidden Energy Cost of our Food

June 2019

We've recorded a number of podcasts discussing the environmental impact of food production, and the food choices made by individuals. But how aware of all this are consumers? How do they make sense of such information? This is but part of the work that occupies our guest Richard Larrick. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E39: Rick Larrick on the Hidden Energy Cost of our Food »


Scott Huettel and Nikki Sullivan - Unhealthy Foods Make Healthy Foods Stand Out

E37: Unhealthy Foods Make Healthy Foods Stand Out

May 2019

Imagine you are a manager of a supermarket and you're working with health authorities to increase the purchase of healthy foods. Let's say broccoli. What would you change? What comes to mind might be changing price, creating attractive displays or providing information on how to make tasty dishes with broccoli. But there might be other surprising options, according to our guests, neuroeconomist Scott Huettel and Nicolette Sullivan. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E37: Unhealthy Foods Make Healthy Foods Stand Out »


Dr. Christina Roberto

E30: Christina Roberto on Food Labeling in Guatemala and Soda Taxes in Philly

March 2019

Many policies have been proposed and enacted to help improve public health by changing their diet and preventing obesity. Among the most prominent, our efforts to reduce consumption of sugary beverages, ranging from programs that educate consumers about risks to the most dramatic approach: taxing such beverages. Evaluating these other policies is critical and understanding how governments can best move ahead. Leading the charge was such evaluation as our guest today on the Leading Voices in Food Dr. Christina Roberto from the University of Pennsylvania. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E30: Christina Roberto on Food Labeling in Guatemala and Soda Taxes in Philly »


Sara Bleich

E16: Sara Bleich on Menu Labeling, Marketing and Public Health

February 2019

Do you make better food choices when you see calorie counts listed on restaurant menus? Do you think food stamp recipients should be able to buy unhealthy foods, like sugary drinks? And what role should the government play in our food choices? We’ll explore these questions on The Leading Voices in Food with Dr. Sara Bleich. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E16: Sara Bleich on Menu Labeling, Marketing and Public Health »


Mark Bittman

E13: Mark Bittman on Eating Sustainably and Agroecology

February 2019

Many people in the modern world have become distant from their food. They may not know where it's grown, who grows it, who produces it, or who harvests it, what impact its production has on the environment, how it is processed, how to prepare it, and more. A champion of shrinking this distance and of understanding how all these pieces fit together is an activist, and an advocate, and a journalist. A person whose career has been devoted to making it easier for people to eat healthy food, and good food, Mark Bittman. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E13: Mark Bittman on Eating Sustainably and Agroecology »