Denmark could hike tax on red meat in a bid to boost vegetarianism to help environment
By Paul Homewood
If you like your Danish bacon, turn away now!
From the Telegraph:
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The Denmark Ethics Council have called for a higher tax on red meat after coming to the conclusion that “climate change is an ethical problem”.
The Danish Government is considering the proposal after the Danish Council of Ethics recommended an initial tax on beef, and then rolling out the tax to all red meats in the future.
Eventually, they want to tax all foods at all levels depending on the climate impact of producing the food.
The motion for the measures passed in the council by an overwhelming majority.
This means the proposal has now been put forward for consideration for the government.
In a press release, the council said it was not enough to "rely on the ethical consumer" because climate change is a worry for Denmark, and the country is contributing to the issue.
The council said: “The Danish way of life is far from climate-sustainable, and if we are to live up to the Paris Agreement target of keeping the global temperature rise ‘well’ below 2°C, it is necessary both to act quickly and involve food”.
Cattle account for 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the production of food as a whole accounts for between 19 and 29 per cent, according to the council.
They said it is "unproblematic" to cut out beef and still enjoy a nutritious diet.
In November 2015, Chatham House recommended similar guidelines for the UK.
The researchers from the leading think tank said proceeds from a tax on meat could be used to subsidise healthier alternatives that are less damaging to the environment, such as fruit, vegetables and tofu.
A “carbon tax” of £1.76 per kilo on the price of beef could reduce consumption by 14 per cent, a study they highlighted suggests.