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Tax Meat Until No One Eats It Anymore, Says UN Climate Change Report

Tax Meat Until No One Eats It Anymore, Says UN Climate Change Report

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Meat production should be taxed to save the environment and prevent global warming, a United Nations report is recommending.

Professor Maarten Hajer of Utrecht University in the Netherlands authored the report, released by the UN’s International Research Panel (IRP), which is comprised of 34 scientists and 30 governments

“All of the harmful effects on the environment and on health needs to be priced into food products,” Hajer told The Washington Post. “I think it is extremely urgent.”

Meat, he argued, should be taxed at the wholesale level to raise the price and deter consumption. He and other members of the IRP assert that livestock creates 14.5 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that the panel says contribute to climate change.

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Taxes are needed to deter increases in meat consumption in nations like China, he said.

“We think it’s better to price meats earlier in the chain,” Hajer told The Guardian. “It’s sexier to tax it at the consumer level, but not as effective.”

“If we were all to copycat the way in which we feed ourselves in North America or Europe [with meat], the planet would be in deep trouble,” Hajer added.

Nations should discourage their citizens from eating meat, the report says.

“This report shows our current food system has to change because it’s not sustainable,” Hajer said.

Chicken and dairy consumption is expected to increase by 20 percent in the next decade, and beef and pork consumption by 14 percent over that time span, according to the report.

“Dealing with consumer choices is an extremely touchy issue, but you have to deal with it, because there will consequences,” former European Union environment commissioner Janez Potocnik told The Guardian. Potocnik is co-chairman of the IRP. “The time is coming when we will not be able to sweep it any more under the carpet.”

Rachel Premack, a columnist for The Washington Post’s Wongblog, said the UN’s report deserves serious consideration in the United States.

“It may be delicious, but the evidence is accumulating that meat, particularly red meat, is just a disaster for the environment — and not so great for human beings, either,” she wrote, asserting that agriculture consumes 80 percent of water in the US – most of that being for meat. “… For a kilogram of red meat, you need considerably more water than for plant products.”

Premack added, “Along with a tax, a meat cutback could be achieved by making plant-based diets more appealing and less expensive.”

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21 comments

  1. PHIBH

    Put Holes In Blue Helmets for freedom….

    • The holes need to be inflicted in the upper tiers of the New World Order, that’s where the problem really is and blue helmets would become a non-issue or flower pots after that.

  2. Always loved the statement ; “Humans are the only species that are forced to pay to live on this planet”

  3. thank you!

  4. This ist widely discussed in Europe too, where there is not so much space to keep cattle. I just love meat but I do not need the massproduction of meat. I would be willing to pay more for a good steak, if I knew the animals are treated properly. This kind of meat tastes much better anyway. And so I started to look for and found local producers (not so difficult in the Black Forest anyway).
    If many more consumers did that too, farmers and butchers might sell less meat, but still earn more money. That´s what even butchers and farmers believe over here.

    • Margaret Bartley

      How much more would you be willing to pay? The whole point of this is that the price of meat will become so high that you can’t afford it. Would you pay 1000/pound for a good steak? The whole point is that you Europeans and other First Worlders are eating too much meat, everyone else also wants it. The kind of meat you are talking about takes even MORE environmental resources. And forget about the butchers and farmers, their livelihood will be taken away by the giant corporations. If they’re lucky, they might get an hourly wage in some slaughterhouse.

  5. So we tax meat at the wholesale level so that the consumer cannot afford meat. Then from the wholesale level to the consumer price point, we lose jobs because the consumer cannot afford to purchase meat. This will also affect others, canners, freezers, we will have thousands out of work because the consumer cannot afford to buy meat? Really, why don’t we get the United Nations to move to Syria or Iran.

  6. Stop eating meat. You’ll save money, be healthier and have a clear conscience about the horrific activities of factory farming. Haven’t eaten meat since 1964, 78 years old, blood pressure normal, don’t need any medication to keep me alive. Veg is the way to go.

    • You probably also eat other foods that are shipped miles so that you can consume them and get the protein you need as well. Peanuts, quinoa, (whatever other fad food there is), etc. Vegetarianism, Vegan, and other exclusion diets are only able to exist due to a global life of convenience. Remove the shipping routes, the manufacturers, and you are left to what you get or grow. Without protein the native americans, pioneers, and settlers would have become sick and unhealthy. As they say, the native american meaning of vegetarian is Bad Hunter.

    • Please tell me, Mr. Vegan, where would you propose we take all the meat and dairy animals if they were no longer used or eaten? Someone with your beliefs told me she thought they should all be “set free”. She was absolutely serious!

      • It is a hypothetical at this point, but it would be the responsibility of the ranchers to decommission their ranches. In Vermont US the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant is being shut with money that had been placed in escrow over the years specifically for decommissioning. Ranches are similarly harmful to animals and our environment. It would be the responsibility of the ranchers to decommission their ranches and fund the care of the “pardoned’ AUHM (animals under Human management) for the rest of the natural lives of those AUHM. It is not up to the vegans to clean up or pay for the abuses of the AUHM “industry”.

      • Until these hideous industries are outlawed complete, (1) their products should be taxed prior to retail, (2) all government subsidies, incentives and grant disallowed and (3) ranches and related AUHM companies should put up cash in a escrow accounts for complete decommissioning. Escrow is in addition to any liability insurance. That is my opinion.

    • Meat is horrible in every way. I don’t eat it, and O don’t miss it.

    • You little wimp! My grandparents where way older than you, their siblings were 20 plus years older and stronger than you as they were workers of the fields all of their lives. They all eat meat of all types. Shame on your hypocrisy! You God said kill and eat! Are you usurping God the Creator!

  7. Save the planet, eat the globalists.

  8. So this proposal is just like all the others. Create two worlds, one in which the poor suffer the effects and the rich and political rulers still get to do what they want. Ground all these fools from traveling, take away their food, electricity, cars and water and have them feel the effects

  9. Just who the hell do these cretins think they are trying to dictate what someone eats?

    • Let’s play spot the vegan…

      How dare humans dictate that the life of an animal should be ended for an unnecessary meal?

      I won’t dictate to anyone what they should do to their own body, for example, if you want to smoke, that’s your choice. But if you want to smoke in an elevator with me, that’s you forcing your right to smoke upon me.

      Your choice to eat meat necessitates the forcing of that choice upon another. This is why your argument is backwards. To assume that you have the right to take a life for your pleasure/taste/meal is to not attribute moral status to animals. That’s speciesism.

      Found him!

  10. Perhaps it is time we decide as a nation what we breath, eat, and think. Say good by to the UN.

    I like meat, chicken, and use to love fish before we contaminated the rivers, lakes, and oceans.

    Taxing our food well can they have taken it to a new low.

  11. I can’t believe that there is the belief that the animals can be kept alive AND we can also feed humanity with a vegetarian diet.

    Has anyone realized that if the animals are left to live out their lives, they still need to eat? And what or where will they get their food? From the same land that will now have to be used to produce vegetables and other “vegan” foods.

    So now the problem has been compounded even more. We will still have to feed and water these animals that will also reproduce, (unless we neuter them all) and the average farm animal lives about 10 years.

    Sometimes, SJW just don’t put their brains in gear….

  12. This is the most absurd statement in this article: “Taxes are needed to deter increases in meat consumption in nations like China”

    Do these UN ‘scientists’ have access to Google? If so, maybe that should research where the pollution in China is actually coming from; ’cause it sure ain’t a cows ass.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2016-03/10/content_23814051.htm

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