Article – Healthy taxes in Colombia: reorienting public policies based on the human right to adequate food

Healthy taxes are levied on products that are harmful to health, such as ultra-processed products and sugar-sweetened beverages, whose high consumption has been associated with the prevalence of non-communicable diseases and even environmental damage. Thus, these measures have taken on public health relevance to address various forms of malnutrition.
However, their political discussion should transcend the scope of a short-term economic objective, placing the vision of the human right to adequate food at the center of the debate.