Giving Compass' Take:

• A federal appeals court in San Francisco strikes down a 2015 law requiring that health warnings be displayed on ads for soda and other sugary beverages. 

• How can donors with platforms drive awareness to health laws on "unhealthy" foods? How are big food industry companies involved in policies and government? 

Here's an article on soda advocacy groups exploiting the nonprofit loophole.


In 2016, nearly 80 percent of California voters said they’d support health warning labels on soda advertisements in response to a survey conducted by Field Poll, a public research organization with a West Coast bent. The next year, Californians reaffirmed their support of policies aimed at reducing sugary beverage consumption: 62 percent of San Francisco voters said “yes” to a tax on a sugary beverages. On the same day, the cities of Oakland and Albany approved taxes with similarly wide margins.

Yet despite overwhelming public support, both policies have been stymied amid intense industry blowback. In 2018, then-Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation preventing cities and counties from imposing new soda taxes for the next 12 years. And last week, a federal appeals court unanimously struck down San Francisco’s 2015 law requiring health warnings on ads for sugary beverages, a law which has never been implemented.

Read the full article on San Francisco's laws towards the soda industry by H. Claire Brown at The New Food Economy