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Monday, November 3, 2014

Soda Tax Supporters Scatter Fake Severed Legs and Toes at Dolores Park

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 1:01 PM

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Tomorrow is Election Day, and the supporters of San Francisco's Sugary Beverage Tax have a message: A vote against the soda tax is a vote for amputations. 

The argument goes as follows: Soda consumption leads to too much sugar consumption, sugar leads to diabetes, diabetes can lead to amputations. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 250 amputations in the United States per day for diabetic sufferers. The disease makes circulation difficult to the legs and extremities, which means a single cut or nick can compromise the body's limbs.

To make that point clear, Sugary Beverage Tax proponents scattered just over 200 mannequin limbs on a hillside at Dolores Park on Sunday, overlooking a playground filled to the brim with children.  

Toes, feet, and legs below the knee are the oft-most amputated limbs of diabetics. 

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Tomorrow, San Franciscans will vote on a 2-cent-per-ounce sugary beverage tax, Proposition E. The measure's opponents, the American Beverage Association, have dropped more than  $9 million to convince voters not to pass the tax.

The tax is the brainchild of Supervisors Scott Wiener and Eric Mar, who recruited grassroots support for the tax early on to go up against the large swell of money coming from the carbonation industry. 

Their cause is part of an overall national fight against sugar. On John Oliver's Last Week Tonight, the political satirist hit the sugar industry hard. Meanwhile, the sugar industry is lobbying the federal government hard against any law that would force them to disclose the amount of added sugar in food and drinks. Understandably so: having such information would reveal just how saturated the American diet is with the white powdery stuff.


Fighting back, Oliver asked the sugar industry to measure their sugar in circus peanuts, starting the hashgtag #showusyourpeanuts

Sunday, the Dolores Park protesters asked the Big Soda industry to do just that before the election. 

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