Anti-Sugar Campaigns from Sea to Shining Sea

Encouraging news came from California last week as the Soda Warning Label Bill SB1000 passed in the Senate making its way to the California Assembly. If passed, it will require all sugary drinks that have more than 6.25 calories per ounce to carry the following label:

“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.”

We who are health advocates will mark this as a big win if beverage companies start acknowledging that their products are unhealthy, but the bill has a long way to go before it is passes. If you want to learn more about the bill and ways that you can support it, check out  the California Center for Public Health and Advocacy’s (CCPHA) online media room on SB1000. If you are a California resident, head to CCPHA’s legislative action page to call your assemblyperson to encourage them to vote yes on the bill.

Meanwhile, on the East Coast, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), CCPHA and the Kresge Foundation are hosting the second annual Soda Summit this week on June 4th and 5th. Some of the the nation’s most prominent health educators, scholars, public health activists and consumer advocacy groups will gather to talk about the need for action against soda, current initiatives to stop consumption, and ways of uniting the fight to get our nation out of the grips of the dangers of added sugar.  As CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson writes in his Liquid Candy report:

“Soft drinks provide large amounts of sugars (mostly high-fructose corn syrup) to many individuals’ diets. Soda pop provides the average 12- to 19-year-old boy with about 15 teaspoons of refined sugars a day and the average girl with about 10 teaspoons a day. Those amounts roughly equal the government’s recommended limits for teens’ sugar consumption from all foods.”

If you can make it, we strongly encourage you to register for the event. If not, then stay tuned and we’ll hopefully get some highlights.

And, if you are looking for another way to work against sugary drinks, then check out the Boycott Coca-Cola initiative organized by Center for Food Safety and the Food Revolution Network. Why? As the campaign tells us:

“In 2013, Coca-Cola secretly funneled more than $1.5 million dollars through the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) in order to block an initiative that would have required the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).”


  Read all articles by Damon Cory-Watson

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