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A tax on meat to fight climate change?

Meat consumption is surging and CO2 emissions right along with it — which for some countries, could mean a meat tax is coming. 🍖🥩💰

Meat alternatives have begun going mainstream

Could a tax on meat fight climate change? One British investor group says it's inevitable. The growing global population and the increasing urbanization and demand in many parts of the world for a Western-type diet means there's a growing demand for ruminant products. Between 2000 and 2017, global meat consumption grew by 40%. And it could increase 75% could increase more by 2050. But what's wrong with meat? Animal farming is a huge climate change contributor: it produces 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

That's as much as the entire transportation sector. Countries like Sweden, Denmark and Germany are considering meat taxes to reach their Paris Agreement goals. And they could become more common in 5 to 10 years. The idea: to impose "sin taxes, on products deemed harmful to health or to the environment. 180 countries tax tobacco, 60 tax carbon and 25 tax sugar. The taxes have 2 goals, according to advocates: Reduce meat consumption. Like sugar, red meat has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes, which Fitch said laid the groundwork for similar taxes. A study by University of Oxford, for example, found introducing the measure could prevent almost 6,000 deaths a year and save nearly $850 million in healthcare costs.

Unlike sugar, however, the justification for restricting people's appetite for meat relates to broader issues than just health, with climate change, deforestation, and ethical concerns all looming large in the minds of consumers. Fund treatment for illnesses linked to overconsumption of meat. A 40% tax According to one study, on beef, a 20% tax on dairy products on chicken would cut down CO2 emissions enough to prevent 500,000 deaths a year. But this measure could also be unfair.

Brut. Nature

05/14/2018 1:01 PM

153 comments

  • Kenna C.
    01/22/2018 14:48

    Watch Cowspiracy on Netflix!

  • Brock H.
    01/22/2018 01:38

    you see this “big brother “ trying to get a little more of that coin from the people again. What will they think of next 10 cents for every breath ?

  • Jimmy S.
    01/18/2018 15:59

    Tax any wire transfer to another country like the lottery 40% the system will fix its self

  • Chad T.
    01/18/2018 02:01

    Cassandra Beaulieu

  • Kaylee R.
    01/17/2018 17:44

    meat tax lmao. what's gonna be next

  • Kain B.
    01/17/2018 05:02

    So of all the gases from vehicles and trees being cut down, you expect me to believe they wanna tax meat to help this issue? They only wanna tax meat (if this video is even true and not some typical fb bs lie) to make money for themselves. As per say, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

  • Kyle G.
    01/16/2018 21:25

    Charge more for meat but fruits and vegetables stay the same price? Yeah that's a good idea.

  • Rob M.
    01/16/2018 02:27

    Yup that’s exactly what we need. More taxes

  • Sarah B.
    01/16/2018 00:11

    hmmm

  • Ally G.
    01/15/2018 07:42

    Hopefully that means the healthier foods will be a little cheaper because at this rate everything will be EXPENSIVE. So I’m confused, is this supposed to help or is this for the government to make more money?

  • Chris M.
    01/15/2018 02:04

    Good!

  • Molly R.
    01/13/2018 15:55

    How about we abolish tax on fresh fruit and vegetables? Carrots are already more expensive than a bag of greasy chips. It would help low income people and could increase the consumption of healthy foods.

  • Florin V.
    01/13/2018 03:14

    This is 💯 % rubbish

  • Larry O.
    01/13/2018 00:27

    Thats why we raise grass fed beef no GMO and all the venison from deer hunting. So go raise the tax im not paying for it. Its time to exclude the big guy

  • Jake L.
    01/12/2018 02:28

    Are you fucking kidding so does smoking pot but here all you stupid fucks are

  • Brandon D.
    01/12/2018 00:55

    Do higher taxes ever help anything?? Lololol

  • Robert G.
    01/11/2018 21:26

    No it's a food source , food is already to expensive ... if vegetables were affordable not 2 dollar lettuce with negligible nutritional value.

  • Kenneth V.
    01/11/2018 15:55

    Good its not good for you

  • Brea K.
    01/11/2018 12:46

    Buy from local farmers and you can't get taxed 💁💁💁

  • Nadine K.
    01/11/2018 04:03

    I think it might need to be cooked a little longer!

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