Danish Government Thinktank Proposes “Red Meat” Eco-Tax

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We're here to tax your food “We’re here to tax your food” – Schlacht beim im Rahmen einer Wikinger-Reenactment-Veranstaltung vom Museum Moesgård in Dänemark. Public Domain Image, source Wikia

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Local, a Danish Newspaper, reports that the Danish Council on Ethics, a government funded think tank, has recommended that red meat be taxed to try to combat global warming.

Could Danes face a ‘red meat tax’ to help climate?

Saying that “climate change is an ethical problem”, the Danish Council on Ethics (Det Etiske Råd) has called for a climate tax on red meat.

The council said that Danes have an ethical obligation to minimize their climate impact and that a natural place to start would be lowering their red meat consumption.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization states that animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, more than the the total exhaust from all forms…

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