Marin County Asking Residents Nicely To Stop Drinking Soda This Summer
Here's a thing that'll go over well with the kids: The Marin County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution making June, July, and August "Soda Free Summer" months. While the measure doesn't outright ban sugary carbonated beverages, it does encourage Marin residents to adopt "soda free policies" at sporting events, camps, day gyms, and so on, as well as "host a soda free party or potluck." This is gonna be the best summer ever guys!
Of course, soda is kind of the worst and we should all be drinking less of it. Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, a Marin County public health officer, penned an op-ed for the Marin Independent Journal reasonably outlining all the reasons to avoid soda -- it's full of empty calories; linked to obesity, diabetes, and cancer; and provides none of the vitamins or nutrients of a beverage like milk, which it has replaced in many children's diets.
Eberhart-Phillips is hardly the first to take a stand against the beverage. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg famously tried to ban sugary drinks over 16 ounces in the city earlier this year, and former SF Mayor Gavin Newsom banned soda in vending machines on city-owned property in 2010. There are plenty of longform exposes on the dark side of high fructose corn syrup and the beverage industry, including Fast Food Nation, The Omnivore's Dilemma, or the new Salt Sugar Fat.
For now, you can show support -- and maybe find a sponsor or two if you feel yourself craving the syrupy stuff -- by visiting the Soda Free Summer website and following the initiative on Twitter and Facebook. The FB page has nearly 2,000 Likes, and if posts like this one can't convince America's youth to stay away from Coca-Cola, we don't know what will: