Denmark’s Awesome Nanny-State

I am pro-this:

Danes who go shopping today will pay an extra 25p on a pack of butter and 8p on a packet of crisps, as the new tax on foods which contain more than 2.3% saturated fat comes into effect.

One way to look at this is that the Danish state is perverting the free market and limiting consumers’ choice to buy and eat unhealthy food. Another way to look at it is that the Danish state is incorporating the huge financial burden of obesity into the cost of the products that cause it.

As far as I’m concerned, this tax doesn’t go far enough. Soda and potato chips have basically the same nutritional value as a Virginia Slim. Denmark should start to tax them like one.

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3 responses to “Denmark’s Awesome Nanny-State

  1. laust

    My local grønthandler sells beers for a measly 3.95. Perhaps another opportunity for taxation?

  2. Camilla

    I do agree, that an extra tax on clearly unhealthy foods is a damn good idea, but as it is now, the new tax already needs some revising. As it is now it does not differientiate between different cuts of meat – all pork or all beef gets the same tax, no matter if you buy the lean cuts or the fatty ones, that make no sense at all!

    • Butter is not unhealthy! It used to be, they said. And now they have changed their minds.
      I like butter.

      I´m tired of people who try to tell me what to eat or not.
      The cheese, I used to buy now costs 10 Euros……

      I´m not fat…..

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