Navajos Tax Junk Food

A new 2% junk food tax is hitting Navajo Nation to encourage shoppers to buy healthier options, in hopes of curbing rampant obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

The Hitch: Fruits and veggies are in limited supply, and 42% of people live below the federal poverty line. When many residents turn to gas stations and convenience stores as their primary grocers, they worry the new tax will only hike up their bills.

The revenue could help bring farmers markets and vegetable gardens to the area, says community health advocate Denisa Livingston, and could also be spent on exercise equipment and sports clubs.
 

Los Angeles Times

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