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Should Governments Put A Tax On Meat?
Governments should put a tax on meat.
Since the price of meat does not reflect its true cost (due to
), taxes would fill in to make the retail price closer to this.
Meat production creates significant
greenhouse gas emissions
which contribute to climate change.
Global soil health is being
devastated by grain and soy monocultures
used to feed most animals currently being raised for food.
Reduced demand for meat would slow or reverse the process of
North American citizens consume
than dietary guidelines recommend.
Adding a tax on meat would make their prices cheaper yet,
due to dumping and predatory pricing
pushing out domestic industries from the market. This would be detrimental, as foreign conditions are not as regulated as the US.
Tax alone would not help the issues around meat. It should be combined with education about the problems of meat, an increase in lobbyists against meat, and so forth.
Such a tax would negatively affect the protein intake of millions of people, and
open the market to the inevitable push by governments to incentivize the consumption of insects as a protein alternative.
Many people already find it difficult to afford food, and a
'sin tax' on food
would impose an additional burden.
A tax on meat could actually reduce tax revenues by harming multi-billion industries that currently pay corporate taxes.
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