Denmark may tax red meat to fight climate change

Denmark
Published:  07 June, 2016

Denmark is considering a tax on beef after the Danish Council of Ethics concluded that climate change is an ethical problem.

The Danish Council of Ethics has recommended an initial tax on beef, with a view to extending the regulation to all red meats in future. The council is said to have voted in favour of the measures by an overwhelming majority. The proposal has been submitted to the Danish government for consideration.

“The Danish way of life is far from climate-sustainable, and if we are to live up to the Paris Agreement target of keeping the global temperature rise 'well' below 2°C, it is necessary both to act quickly and involve food,” the council said in a statement, adding the Danes were “ethically obliged” to change their eating habits, and that it is “unproblematic” to cut out beef and still enjoy a healthy and nutritious diet.

Source: The Independent

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