Meat tax Will Improve Health, Reduce Emissions Levels

November 26, 2015 International Tax Cooperation

LONDON – New research is calling for taxes to be placed on the sale of meat, as such a move will ultimately reduce obesity rates, diabetes, cancer, and carbon emissions levels.

Taxes on the sale of meat and meat products would encourage consumers to eat less meat, subsequently leading to less intensive farming of livestock, and reduced emissions levels, according to information in a new report released by the international think tank Chatham House.

It was concluded that a “carbon tax” of approximately USD 2.66 per kilo of beef could reduce meat consumption by as much as 14 percent.

It was noted that any such tax could be met with strong public resistance, however, the potential outcry could be overcome if the government takes adequate steps to explain the reasoning and need for the tax, further, the resistance would also wear off as consumers settled following the initial shock of the price increase.

Meat consumption is believed to be a detrimental factor to the environment and people’s health.

The production of livestock for meat production is estimated to generate approximately 15 percent of carbon emissions in the world, a level equivalent to the carbon emissions of all plains, cars, trains and ships in the world.

Meat consumption is also believed to be rising too fast, with people currently eating almost twice as much meat then is considered healthy, with the demand set to rise by approximately 75 percent by 2050.

The excessive consumption has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

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