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European Parliament Considers Taxing Meat In Fight Against Climate Change

by | February 5, 2020

The European Parliament is today set to discuss taxing meat products as it works to find solutions to the climate crisis.

The tax has been proposed by the True Animal Protein Price Coalition (TAPP) — a group of organizations focused on health, the environment, and animal welfare.

The price hikes suggested by TAPP would see the cost of steak increase by approximately 25 percent, although the tax on other animal products would be less.

A recent report commissioned by TAPP recommends, “Making healthy, plant based food cheaper, and meat products more expensive.”

“The first step in realising this will be to make consumers pay the true cost of food and remove price distortions. This should include environmental costs such as CO2 emissions.”

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European Parliament Members will discuss imposing a meat tax (Photo: krumanop/Shutterstock.com)

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Meat And Climate Change

UK government officials recently announced that people “should cut their meat and dairy consumption by a fifth to help save the planet,” and called on farmers to lead the change.

“The options we are proposing would see farmers and land managers – the stewards of the land – delivering actions to reduce emissions” said the UK Committee on Climate Change.

“Doing so can provide new revenue opportunities for farmers, better air quality and improved biodiversity, and more green spaces for us all to enjoy.”

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