Maori Party applauded for healthy food plan (ZB)

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An obesity prevention group is applauding the Maori Party for trying to cut GST from healthy foods as MP Rahui Katene’s private member’s bill is pulled from the ballot.

TuckshopFoods deemed healthy include fruit and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and milk products, lean meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

Robyn Toomath from the group Fight the Obesity Epidemic, says cutting GST is an effective way to change attitudes and habits.

“At last, somebody is seriously looking at financial instruments to alter food purchasing behaviour. We’ve got proof that the equivalent of taking GST off fruit and vegetables increases purchases.”

Dr Toomath says healthy food needs to be made more affordable and junk food less affordable to prevent rising obesity rates.

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=174491

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