Calls Raised for Tax on Beef

April 28, 2016 Taxation in Denmark

COPENHAGEN – A Danish think tank is claiming that a tax on beef will cut greenhouse gas commissions worldwide.

Earlier this week the Danish Council of Ethics, an independent group established by the national government, called for the implementation of a climate tax on red meats.

The tax is aimed at encouraging reduced consumption of red meat among Danes, in an effort to simultaneously improve the health and diets of taxpayers, while also reducing the impact of beef production on the environment in Denmark and abroad.

It is estimated that the production of one kilogram of beef for consumption requires as much as 43 000 litres of clean water, and, additionally, cattle are directly responsible for the release of as much as 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally.

The proposed tax has already polarized opinions worldwide, with some groups advocating for the tax and a reduced consumption of meat, while other groups called for an expansion of the tax to all environmentally damaging foods, and yet other groups claimed that the tax would not help the environment but would only penalize consumers.

Recent studies have indicated that if all consumers in the world switched to a strictly vegetarian diet, the global levels of greenhouse gas emissions would fall by 63 percent.

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