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Processed and unhealthy foods should be taxed - Morgan

Processed and unhealthy foods should be taxed to help combat the diseases of ‘affluenza’ says outspoken economist and author Gareth Morgan

The co-author of ‘Appetite for Destruction’ told TVNZ’S Q+A programme that an excise tax similar to that used on tobacco and alcohol should be placed on the most unhealthy food.

"But if you have front-of-package labelling - one to five or whatever - as you said, traffic lights - and, you know, the one with the red light attracts the highest tax, you're using your lights system to both inform and penalise people for it."

He would use the proceeds of the tax to go straight back into the health system, ‘either to subsidise directly foods that are green lights, or to basically pay for bariatric surgery - whichever way you want to do it.’

Gareth Morgan rejects the proposal of making fruit and vegetables exempt from GST.

Q+A, 9-10am Sundays on TV ONE and one hour later on TV ONE plus 1. Repeated Sunday evening at 11:30pm. Streamed live at www.tvnz.co.nz.

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