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Denmark ethics council calls for tax on red meat to fight 'ethical problem' of climate change

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With cattle contributing a tenth of global emissions, people are 'ethically obliged' to change their eating habits, an influential government think tank says

Denmark is considering proposals to introduce a tax on red meat, after a government think tank came to the conclusion that “climate change is an ethical problem”.

The Danish Council of Ethics recommended an initial tax on beef, with a view to extending the regulation to all red meats in future. It said that in the long term, the tax should apply to all foods at varying levels depending on climate impact.

The council voted in favour of the measures by an overwhelming majority, and the proposal will now be put forward for consideration by the government.
In a press release, the ethics council said Denmark was under direct threat from climate change, and it was not enough to rely on the “ethical consumer” to ensure the country meets its UN commitments.

“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.


Cattle alone account for some 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while the production of food as a whole makes up between 19 and 29 per cent, the council said.

Danes were “ethically obliged” to change their eating habits, it said, adding that it is “unproblematic” to cut out beef and still enjoy a healthy and nutritious diet.


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Re: Denmark ethics council calls for tax on red meat to fight 'ethical problem' of cl

I think this belongs in in the political section, climate sub forum, not food
 

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Re: Denmark ethics council calls for tax on red meat to fight 'ethical problem' of cl

I see people are still under the illusion that product taxes will have any meaningful impact on the environment. You can file this under "feel good initiatives".

The biggest threat is the current philosophy which has taken us down the path to apathetic degenerative self destruction. Clipping branches one by one (like reducing red meat) isn't going to fix very much. The whole rotten root must be pulled.
 
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Re: Denmark ethics council calls for tax on red meat to fight 'ethical problem' of cl

I think this belongs in in the political section, climate sub forum, not food

the mods said i had to post all these in Food. sorry
 

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Re: Denmark ethics council calls for tax on red meat to fight 'ethical problem' of cl

With cattle contributing a tenth of global emissions, people are 'ethically obliged' to change their eating habits

Agreed. We need to consume more of these cattle to stop them from polluting.
 

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Re: Denmark ethics council calls for tax on red meat to fight 'ethical problem' of cl

idgaf about euros and their ways. We don't live under the crown, haven't for over 2 centuries.
 

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Re: Denmark ethics council calls for tax on red meat to fight 'ethical problem' of cl

I never knew that Danes ate red meat. They love their ham. Perhaps those red hot dogs are considered red meat.
 
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