Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is urging Venezuelans to stop buying foreign sugary sodas like Coke and Pepsi and switch to locally produced fruit juice. According to the Associated Press, Venezuela currently imports most of its food and drinks, so Chávez’s advice is at the same time economic and health-related with an obvious political element. Besides advocating the state-produced grape juice Uvita, he has also promoted Venezuelan wine. Though Chávez’s words are sure to anger some, especially Coke and Pepsi’s shareholders, every leader throughout the world should be discouraging the consumption of sugary sodas and promoting local, healthy drinks. Say what…
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