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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
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  • Nicholas G.
    08/20/2019 02:20

    Sin taxes have never worked, why would this one be any different. All it does is make poor people poorer by adding more money to the cost of living.

  • Luis H.
    08/19/2019 21:58

    Glad I didn't have kids.

  • David F.
    08/19/2019 19:57

    Bande de naze ça va changer quoi de faire plus cher.... A oui c'est vrai c'est l'argent qui fait le changement climatique

  • Daniele F.
    08/19/2019 18:32

    Mavffanculo

  • Lana L.
    08/19/2019 17:14

    Raise Taxes Make more money to waste while accomplishing NOTHING except making the rich richer

  • Wassi W.
    08/19/2019 16:50

    raising the price on things they u don't want the population to have is how they controll u with money uranium for example.

  • Josue S.
    08/19/2019 16:44

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  • Virginia M.
    08/19/2019 16:27

    No it's just government crap to get more tax money to waste on their bull crap 😫😠😠😠😠😠they need to manage taxes better in the first place!!! Not take away more 😫

  • Bahreen K.
    08/19/2019 16:14

    Not possible to follow in developing countries at the moment. But well fitted with developed countries.

  • Adhelia A.
    08/19/2019 16:06

    Hopefully it’ll actually reduce the consumption.

  • Rich Z.
    01/12/2019 22:05

    THE DIVIDEND ADVANTAGE The 10 Reasons Why Rebating All Carbon Fee Revenues Directly to the American People Offers the Most Popular, Equitable and Politically Viable Climate Solution https://www.clcouncil.org/media/The-Dividend-Advantage.pdf

  • Preston K.
    05/21/2018 02:31

    Thank trump we are out of that tax merica!

  • Anupam D.
    05/20/2018 22:54

    Why don't you try to stop the wars around the world! Those bombs and other war machineries cause more pollution than the animal farms!

  • Robert C.
    05/20/2018 15:49

    So the plan is too starve the county to save the planet We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat!!

  • Johnny H.
    05/20/2018 15:44

    Go f__k yourselves!

  • Madison A.
    05/20/2018 05:15

    So I’ll just butcher my own cattle and feed my family and myself. Done it before we can do it again

  • Mason J.
    05/19/2018 22:38

    Tax it 100% ill still buy it

  • Benjamin S.
    05/19/2018 14:56

    This is ridiculous

  • Kowshik B.
    05/18/2018 16:06

    How about let the trees live

  • Marat F.
    05/18/2018 16:00

    What nonsense. Here is another policy that specifically targets the poor. Being as how the rich don't really care about prices what would it ditional cost actually do to help the environment? Essentially it's like all government regulations