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POLL of the DAY (120): TIME FOR A MEAT TAX?

POLL of the DAY (120): TIME FOR A MEAT TAX?

With cattle contributing a tenth of global emissions, people are 'ethically obliged' to change their eating habits, an influential government think tank says

Denmark is considering proposals to introduce a tax on red meat, after a government think tank came to the conclusion that “climate change is an ethical problem”.

The Danish Council of Ethics recommended an initial tax on beef, with a view to extending the regulation to all red meats in future. It said that in the long term, the tax should apply to all foods at varying levels depending on climate impact.

The council voted in favour of the measures by an overwhelming majority, and the proposal will now be put forward for consideration by the government.

In a press release, the ethics council said Denmark was under direct threat from climate change, and it was not enough to rely on the “ethical consumer” to ensure the country meets its UN commitments.

“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,” the council said.

Cattle alone account for some 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while the production of food as a whole makes up between 19 and 29 per cent, the council said.

Danes were “ethically obliged” to change their eating habits, it said, adding that it is “unproblematic” to cut out beef and still enjoy a healthy and nutritious diet.

Read the article in full here:  www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/denmark-ethics-council-calls-for-tax-on-red-meat-to-fight-ethical-problem-of-climate-change-a7003061.html  

More info here:

science.time.com/2013/12/16/the-triple-whopper-environmental-impact-of-global-meat-production/  

www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/how-does-eating-meat-harm-the-environment/  

People have varied views on climate change and its causes, but does the Danish think tank have a good argument?

Should we be considering the impact of our food choices on the planet?

There is plenty evidence of the environmental impact of farming and meat production, let alone the possible health risks of eating meat.

While many advocate for stopping farming and meat eating altogether, is taxing meat a good start?

If so, should we follow the Danes and tax just beef, or all red meat, or all meat?

Alternatively should we leave farming and meat alone and look elsewhere for change?

What do you think?

It is proposed that our country should impose a tax on the sales of all meat