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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: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 12 2017, @01:57AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 12 2017, @01:57AM (#608587)

    Ultimately, to get to a sustainable population level, we should have a tax on air, similar to the property tax. Failure to pay results in forfeiture.

    Finally, an effective solution.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 12 2017, @03:18PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 12 2017, @03:18PM (#608746)

    Ultimately, to get to a sustainable population level

    You mean a level defined as "sustainable" by you or some bureaucrat? No thanks, now get off my liberty, and fuck-off!

    USA can easily sustain 10x it's current population at the lifestyle level of your hipster friends. But since no real person wants to live like this, we will just continue carrying on as we did before, and close the borders to the hordes who would turn this country into the same level of mess as where they came from.