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posted by janrinok on Monday December 11 2017, @10:06PM   Printer-friendly
from the my-cold,-dead-animal dept.

Like tobacco, carbon emissions and sugar, we can expect the harm to human health and the environment caused by the production and consumption of meat to be mitigated by 'sin taxes'in the next five to ten years.

"Sin taxes" on meat to reduce its huge impact on climate change and human health look inevitable, according to analysts for investors managing more than $4tn of assets.

The global livestock industry causes 15% of all global greenhouse gas emissions and meat consumption is rising around the world, but dangerous climate change cannot be avoided unless this is radically curbed. Furthermore, many people already eat far too much meat, seriously damaging their health and incurring huge costs. Livestock also drive other problems, such as water pollution and antibiotic resistance.

A new analysis from the investor network Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (Fairr) Initiative argues that meat is therefore now following the same path as tobacco, carbon emissions and sugar towards a sin tax, a levy on harmful products to cut consumption. Meat taxes have already been discussed in parliaments in Germany, Denmark and Sweden, the analysis points out, and China's government has cut its recommended maximum meat consumption by 45% in 2016.

Would you pay a "meat tax" or would you change your eating habits?

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by bob_super on Monday December 11 2017, @11:27PM (1 child)

    by bob_super (1357) on Monday December 11 2017, @11:27PM (#608530)

    > Are they going to give tax breaks to the poor for staving off diseases of malnutrition?

    This is the US. The poor die because they are lazy people who make bad choices. Cut my taxes, and I may give some money to my church, so after its brand new high-tech building is done, what's left may help feed some of the white poor. The black poor get "meat" in Jail, the brown poor will get meat once bulldozed back into Mexico.

    (/s for Poe's Law)

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by infodragon on Tuesday December 12 2017, @05:22PM

    by infodragon (3509) on Tuesday December 12 2017, @05:22PM (#608806)

    You are giving to the wrong church if that is the case! The church I go to/give to/volunteer time to is in an old building, we don't have a paved parking lot (we've been saving donations for that specific project for years.) We put on big meals as often as we can to help out the homeless and working poor. We operate a bus to bring kids in, for most of them it's the only time the ever see anybody care about them! Feel free to ask them, after a couple generations of kids bused in the numbers add up and their stories are both inspiring and soul crushing! We also sponsor an addition program that I personally volunteer for, we've been helping long before the opioid epidemic entered the public consciousness. Those are the highlights, there are many more where that came from!

    We also send money abroad to help out some extremely destitute, organizations with 3%-5% overhead (volunteers who care make sure the resources go where they're supposed to go.) The worst of the worst in the US live like kings compared to what I have personally seen in Honduras. Take a drive from San Pedro Sula to La Esperanza, I dare you! There are many places in the world worse off than that!

    If your church is building big shiny palaces it's not church, it's a country club with a religious theme that should never be granted non-profit status.

    In short if you're going to give money to any institution, do your due diligence!

    Don't settle for shampoo, demand real poo!