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Denmark could hike tax on red meat in a bid to boost vegetarianism to help environment

May 8, 2016

By Paul Homewood 




If you like your Danish bacon, turn away now!

From the Telegraph:


Would you be upset if this initiative was implemented around the world?

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.

  1. dave permalink
    May 8, 2016 9:44 am

    What the f* is the ‘Denmark Ethics Council’ and who says they are ethical?

    • dave permalink
      May 8, 2016 9:48 am

      Actually, my antique degree from Cambridge says “Graduate in Moral Sciences” so yah boo sucks to everybody else. I have a certificate that says I am good.

      • Dorian permalink
        May 8, 2016 10:00 am

        Good point!

        So the question is, how ethical is it, to claim to be a Council of Ethics? Sounds arrogantly patronizing to me.

  2. martinbrumby permalink
    May 8, 2016 9:45 am

    I do sometimes wonder if the the eco-fascists are, in fact, carrying out an interesting social engineering experiment to see how much, how blatant, how irritating, how stupid their proposals have to be before even the man on the Clapham omnibus starts to thirst for their blood.

    If indeed, this is their cunning plan, then by all means, bring it on.

  3. Dorian permalink
    May 8, 2016 9:52 am

    Socialist social engineering at its worst.

    If these Danes truly believe this malarkey, why don’t they just ban meat all together. Put a prohibition on meat.

    These Danish politicians should just tell the truth. They have a huge debt problem, and they can’t hike the taxes they already have, since the present taxes are already extreme, and so are looking for new items to tax. But like all ignorant socialists they don’t understand that taxing something that isn’t taxed doesn’t mean they have a new revenue stream. When you tax one thing or another, it takes money out of the economy and ends up doing the same thing, that is, reducing people’s purchasing power and thus killing other areas of the economy. But socialists don’t understand that.

    This stupidity is just another step towards Marx’s communist ideal, where the government will decide everything for everyone.

    Well done Denmark…you’ll be one step closer to totalitarian Nirvana; read George Orwell’s 1984 to prepare yourselves.

    My god, there are a lot of stupid people in this world, and they all seem to be in power or teaching in our schools and universities.

    • Dorian permalink
      May 8, 2016 10:16 am

      A horrible thought just crossed my mind.

      So there is a Council of Ethics in Denmark. What next, or is there already…How about a Council of Morals? Or Council of Virtues?

      I fear one day these councils will end up as ministries!

      This Council of Ethics in Denmark, it isn’t by chance backed by some religion, is it?

      Any country that needs to have a clique of people to be a Council of Ethics of a nation, is not far removed from acting like that other nightmare, the Islamic State (aka ISIS, or Daesh)!!

      Something truly is rotten in the state of Denmark!

    • dave permalink
      May 8, 2016 10:17 am

      Their treatment of pigs was vile. It required Europe-wide regulation to stop it.
      My children would not let me buy bacon which was traceable to Denmark. I always liked Churchill’s (approx) comment:

      “Cats sneer at you; dogs grovel. But pigs is equal.”

      • dave permalink
        May 8, 2016 10:20 am

        Of course pork does not usually count as red meat. Mustn’t interfere with real business!

      • Dorian permalink
        May 8, 2016 10:41 am

        Oh Dave, have you opened my eyes on the Danes!

        I was curious about your remark about the bacon, so I just read a bit about it. Take a look at what else I found:

        Young giraffe unsuitable for breeding was shot, dissected in public and then fed to lions despite offers of a new home

        Where was the Danish Council of Ethics here?

        It appears the Danish Council of Ethics Danish Council of Depravity and Hypocrisy is really just a front.

        I don’t think giraffe meat qualifies as read meat either, but still, for a country like Denmark that swags around a Council of Ethics, tells you a lot about the Danish mind!

        It also explains a lot to me about why the Danes are so arrogant and snobbish!

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        May 8, 2016 10:45 am

        The traditional English Breakfast,
        The Chicken is involved but the Pig is committed.

    • May 8, 2016 4:09 pm

      Well said Dorian. Why don’t the Danes go one step further and just slaughter all animals to reduce all that nasty methane production! Lol

      • Dorian permalink
        May 9, 2016 7:12 am

        Thank you Steve;

        I say this with tongue in cheek (I hope!), once all the ‘animals’ are slaughtered, there is still one red-meat creature left that still has nasty methane production!

        With these lunatics you never know how far they will take things.

        Since you are a Nature Photographer, Steve, I suggest you photo document all those red-meat animals for prosperity. Now I am beginning to understand what kind of Human mindset caused the extinction of many animals…..the Socialist Mindset! (remember: I stated at the beginning I said all this with tongue in cheek — I hope).

  4. May 8, 2016 11:06 am

    the tax on fat worked so well they want to repeat the success…

  5. May 8, 2016 11:08 am

    Every day is April 1st in climate land.

  6. dennisambler permalink
    May 8, 2016 11:14 am

    I see the red meat in the picture really is red, a la Master Chef. Cook it for goodness sake, then we don’t need to worry about red meat!

  7. May 8, 2016 12:16 pm

    There is really something wrong in Denmark, however they are good at sorting idiotics out. Here in Sweden, we (they, the elite) have not even the ability to spot idiotics, less (try to) do something about them, and they are plenty, plenty, plenty… Sweden is really going down the drain… Poor country!

    • Dorian permalink
      May 8, 2016 1:17 pm

      I would like to ask a question to you thojak. I remember Swedish people to be quite well rounded, honest, intelligent and a sort of sophisticated in a middle class way (if you can understand my meaning). By remember I mean back in the 70s and 80s. I would like to know if there has been a change in ethos in Swedes? I ask this because I don’t recognize Swedish people today like they once were. I know this could be asked about most cultures/countries but I truly believe something really has changed among/about the Swedes more than any other culture. I am curious if this is true or is it just my poor understanding/ignorance of your people.

      This has been bothering me for quite sometime, and you’re the first Swede I’ve come across for quite some time. We don’t have many Swedes here (that is, Northern Italy).

      I apologize to all, especially to you Paul Homewood, for asking an irrelevant question, but this was an opportunity to good to miss.

      • May 8, 2016 2:01 pm

        Hi Dorian,
        you’re quite correct, from the 70’s and onward, there have been alot of, mostly negative & societal changes in the former nation of milk & honey. It took off by the entrance of mr Palme on the elite-stage, and he, in my opinion, is to blame for most of these. In 1974 we got a new constitution, replacing the one from 1809, which served the nation impeccably. They took away the 2nd house in parliament and stated that there should be 350 delegted = situation that could block everything by 50/50… Oh, dear, the knowlegabel(?) ones had to notice and they changed the number to 349. The nation lacks a, actually compulsory, ‘supreme court’, ie. like the German “Verfassungsgericht”, there are no (easy) ways to put any official person to responsibility for his/her doings. The politocrats are only interested in gaining/keeping power, regardless of what outcome. If one thinks that the BBC is biased one should take a look at our ‘public service’ (SVT/SR). There is another, devastating factor here too, namely what is labelled ‘opinion-corridor’, that is one/any/ has to conform to what (all) is politically correct. The ‘decision-makers’ of what is PC or not, are a bunch of appr. 30-40 people in media + PS. Eight of ten in the police are actively looking for other jobs; the justice system is totally dysfunctional; all of public services are politizised; we have to bear the highest taxation in the world (well, ‘competing’ w Denmark); we don’t have any form of sensible energy policy, which is of extreme importance for a nation that exports more of its output than Germany does (we’re only appr 9,5 mio people); and so on, the list can be made very long… 😦
        Sweden is today a totally corrupted nation, N.B. the corruption is ‘well-dressed’! The scandals are legio, latest is about Mona Sahlin, google her name and read about her…

        According forecast from UN, Sweden will be a developing country by ~ 2030! And this from former being a truly wonderful and most liveable country. If I could, I’d move far away from here – as a matter of fact is now more Swedes moving out than was during the vast numbers moving to the USA in the 19th century.

        I am very, very sad of the ‘state-of-the-nation’ and I bet there will have to get worse before it can get better… brrr… 😦

      • Dorian permalink
        May 9, 2016 6:36 am

        to thojak!

        thank you for your reply. I am sorry to hear what Sweden is going through, and I understand now why. It does appear that this disease of Political Correctness and Leftish insanity is now changing people’s mindsets in Sweden in such a way that the act of responsibility and merit is now being buried underneath weak minded incompetent manipulators.

        Here in Italy it is a little different, there has long been a culture of selfishness and ignorance. This is mainly due to over a hundred years of poor education, and a culture that refuses to acknowledge advancing. People here in Italy are incredibly selfish, I will tell you, and I say this as an Italian myself, that Italians are more selfish than any other culture in Europe, more than the Greeks!

        thojak I wish you well.

  8. Broadlands permalink
    May 8, 2016 12:18 pm

    I thought vegetables sequestered CO2. They can eat calcareous algae likeCoccolithophores and spit out the calcium carbonate. Denmark’s version of the White Cliffs of Dover?

  9. Tony McKenna permalink
    May 8, 2016 12:46 pm

    When I was a young Catholic boy. I was told it was a sin to eat meat on a Friday. I thought we had got past such nonsense but it seems that the appetite for one man to control another is not easily quenched, and the desire of the average man to be controlled in order to avoid thinking for himself seems to be infinite.
    Don’t expect the rebellion any time soon.

    • May 9, 2016 9:47 am

      You’re not wrong there – if this all moves forward as rebellion doesn’t happen – I forsee prescription on everyday attire and an officially sanctioned forms of public entertainment

  10. It doesn't add up... permalink
    May 8, 2016 1:16 pm

    Presumably the tax will not apply to exports.

  11. DougS permalink
    May 8, 2016 1:51 pm

    They’re barking!

  12. BLACK PEARL permalink
    May 8, 2016 1:56 pm

    The Continental thought process influenced by grants no doubt from the EU magisterium

  13. M E Emberson permalink
    May 9, 2016 4:02 am

    I’m unclear. Will there be no milk or cheese? Will leather be banned too? If this extends to mutton, can we wear wool or only linen?
    Are these people gnostics like the groups on Late Antiquity who were so superior they could not use a knife on plants so that they had to employ lower classes to cut vegetation for their food.?
    Are they Druids?

  14. May 9, 2016 9:25 pm

    it’s about time some one slams the door on their grubby little fingers, time to tell the busy bodies to mind their own business.

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