Yesterday, the USDA released a report (PDF) on the potential effects of taxing sweetened beverages. Given that the government is in the business of generating revenue (and, under Obama, reducing obesity), it not surprisingly found that a a tax would be a good idea. What differs in their research from other reports on a potential soda tax is that the USDA says that a tax would actually result in enough reduced consumption to cause a small—but significant—weight loss for the country as a whole.

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