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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Soda, and USDA Policy

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Soda, and USDA Policy COMMENTARY The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Soda, and USDA Policy Who Benefits? Opposition to the New York proposal came from some Kelly D. Brownell, PhD surprising and not so surprising groups. With billions of dol- David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD lars at stake annually, the beverage industry was predict- ably opposed. A spokesperson for the American Beverage N A CONTROVERSIAL DECISION DATED AUGUST 19, 2011, Association said, “It’s another attempt for government to tell the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) denied a people what they can and can’t drink. Singling out one spe- request by New York state to conduct a pilot project cific item is discriminatory and unfair.” Objections also came Iwith New York city that would have eliminated from several prominent antihunger groups. The Food Re- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, for- search and Action Center predicted that New York’s policy merly known as food stamps) benefits for sugar-sweetened would harm the poor by causing SNAP recipients to “feel a beverages. California, Nebraska, Illinois, Pennsylvania, stigma and make them less likely to want to participate in Minnesota, Michigan, Vermont, and Texas have either the program.” requested such permission or urged Congress to grant In its letter to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Soda, and USDA Policy

JAMA , Volume 306 (12) – Sep 28, 2011

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2011 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
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0098-7484
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1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2011.1382
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21954481
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Abstract

COMMENTARY The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Soda, and USDA Policy Who Benefits? Opposition to the New York proposal came from some Kelly D. Brownell, PhD surprising and not so surprising groups. With billions of dol- David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD lars at stake annually, the beverage industry was predict- ably opposed. A spokesperson for the American Beverage N A CONTROVERSIAL DECISION DATED AUGUST 19, 2011, Association said, “It’s another attempt for government to tell the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) denied a people what they can and can’t drink. Singling out one spe- request by New York state to conduct a pilot project cific item is discriminatory and unfair.” Objections also came Iwith New York city that would have eliminated from several prominent antihunger groups. The Food Re- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, for- search and Action Center predicted that New York’s policy merly known as food stamps) benefits for sugar-sweetened would harm the poor by causing SNAP recipients to “feel a beverages. California, Nebraska, Illinois, Pennsylvania, stigma and make them less likely to want to participate in Minnesota, Michigan, Vermont, and Texas have either the program.” requested such permission or urged Congress to grant In its letter to

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Sep 28, 2011

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