“Small, independent coffee shops would also be prevented from using social media to show off their products.”
Tis the season to consume too much:
Which unfortunately adds to an already acute problem:
The UK has got a problem with its diet:
And the pandemic has hit the obese:
And so the UK government wants to ‘do something about it’:
And of course, Big Food is not happy:
However, it’s not just the industry which is campaigning against the proposals.
The Adam Smith Institute makes some points:
The Government wants to ban your local chippy from tweeting about its food – and nobody is talking about it.
We might find some online ads annoying, but they benefit consumers in important ways. Have you ever found out about a local restaurant or takeaway online? Or perhaps ordered a cake from a local bakery you came across on Facebook? Advertising saves us time and reduces the “search costs” of finding new places to eat or drink. There’s also compelling evidence that advertising tends to reduce prices, boost competition and increase product quality.
The Government’s definition of ‘junk food’ used for the proposed ban is laughable. Numerous everyday foods would be caught by the ban: everything from jam and yoghurt to Cornish pasties and mustard. Takeaways would be unable to post images of their food online. Small, independent coffee shops would also be prevented from using social media to show off their products.
There are other opinions and statistics:
It is indeed more complicated: