Denmark has decided to introduce a “fat tax” on food. Basically, the more saturated fat a product contains the more costly it will be. All food with more than 2.3% saturated fat will be taxed in Denmark. To be exact, fat will be taxed 16 kroner per kilogram ($2.90) of saturated fat. This will result in some pretty heavy increases for products such as cheese, butter, meat, etc. Being a bit on the frugal side, such a tax might lead me to consume less saturated fat which in turn would help with weight control. Nonetheless, I hope Canada doesn’t try anything like this to curb the obesity problem plaguing our country. The last thing we need is another tax!
Instead of a tax, the government should implement a “fat rebate” for people who make an effort to purchase healthy products. This would be a positive way to encourage consumers to make better choices. Another option might be tax the companies that manufacture these toxic foods instead of the consumer.
At the end of the day, something needs to be done to stop the increasing trend of obesity. What are your views? Which would be better to help people slim down – a fat tax or a tax rebate?
For more information on this new tax. Here is an article from the Copenhagen Post.