The steaks are too high: EU considers introduction of ‘meat tax’ to fight climate change
Should meat eaters be expected to pay more for their meal as a way to counter the environmental cost of what’s on their plate?
That’s the question that European lawmakers will be asked to consider today.
A new report, by a Dutch advocacy group, says that in order to reduce European CO2 emissions, a levy should be placed on meat to lower consumption across the continent.
The True Animal Protein Price Coalition (TAPP), says a tax on beef, pork and chicken could see up to a 70 per cent drop in meat-eating by 2030.
“The plan is to increase the price of meat across the EU to reflect its environmental costs, including CO2 emissions and biodiversity loss,” says the report.
New proposal in the Netherlands
According to the TAPP, the Dutch Cabinet will present a proposal for “fair meat prices” to the Dutch Parliament in coming months.