Update: This article was revised after Mayor Steinberg informed us that the “FYF tax” is part of Sacramento’s effort to fight climate change.
The capital city of California — also known as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital — has launched a new program aimed at making an “even more positive impact on health, economy, the environment, and our community.”
Sacramento’s new “Finish Your Food” program will tax diners 100% of their bill for failing to clean their plates.
“I still remember my nanny telling me to finish my food because kids in China were starving,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg at the midtown ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Now I’m taxing people who don’t finish their food because Planet Earth is starving.”
City Manager Howard Chan applauded the tax and denied critics who say the program could encourage obesity or damage the vibrant restaurant scene by discouraging residents from dining out.
“This is yet another example of Sacramento’s comprehensive, intentional actions that will increase diversity and equity in the city’s economy,” said Chan. “If people stop dining out we’ll just tax them at home, too.”
City Council member Angelique Ashby, who serves on the Sacramento Regional County Solid Waste Authority, said the tax will reduce the amount of food waste being send to area landfills.
“Years ago the city encouraged nouvelle cuisine as a way of reducing food waste, but that didn’t work,” said Ashby. “Food portions are bigger than ever. I’m confident the FYF tax will prove to residents that our city cares about people and the planet.”