* Soda Politics by Marion Nestle


I wish I could say nicer things about Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) because I completely agree with the author’s stance that over-consumption of soda is a public health menace. Sadly, the book is soporific. There are a few funny moments, as when the author shows baby bottles (!) with soda logos, which, she drily reports, were later observed to often contain the very sodas displayed on the logos. And she makes great points about how the soda companies lobby their way out of government intervention. But surely we can do better than create appallingly unattractive public campaigns to remind the populace that sodas are unhealthy, or ban them from food stamp sales as if food stamp recipients should be further encumbered by petty rules.

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