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We put a "sin tax" on cigarettes and alcohol. Why not meat?

By Vox

Our love of meat is taxing the climate. Maybe we should tax meatRead full story

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  • Meat consumption is increasing in the most populous countries as median income levels rise and people have access to other protein sources. A tax in developed countries may not make a dent in the problem.

    How about a tax on high fructose corn syrup/sugar? It causes more problems than meat by increasing the obesity/diabetes epidemic all around and impacting healthcare costs...

  • Michael Weston
    Michael WestonUtrzymac Wielka Ameryke

    Activism going wild again! Taxing anything that humans consume in order to discourage use has failed to do so. Huge taxes on cigarettes didn't significantly reduce smoking.

    Tax increases on beer resulted in public reaction to get them repealed.

    These feel-good initiatives mostly impact the lower income segment of the population. (Just like minimum wage legislation does.)

    And funnel huge amounts of money into the coffers of the "Nobody Knows Where the Money Went" account.

  • John Gray
    John GrayFormer Banker Risk Management

    People tolerate the sin tax on sinful things but taking the food out of people's mouths will cause more problems. Sure tax steak but a tax on fast food when burgers are all most people can afford doesn't make sense.

  • Charles Adams
    Charles AdamsCOO at Agriglobal Commodities Inc

    Good article. Like most govt subsidies, they go to those who don't need it. Naturally grown and organic growers could use these monies more effectively and profitably. Our problem is labor. Can't find it even at $10/hr. These type growers just stop and grow for themselves. And the public says we charge too much. Ignoring the fact that Farmer is subsidizing your poor health choices. The willful ignorance is astounding. You with your choice do not have the liberty to steal my property to pay for your

    Good article. Like most govt subsidies, they go to those who don't need it. Naturally grown and organic growers could use these monies more effectively and profitably. Our problem is labor. Can't find it even at $10/hr. These type growers just stop and grow for themselves. And the public says we charge too much. Ignoring the fact that Farmer is subsidizing your poor health choices. The willful ignorance is astounding. You with your choice do not have the liberty to steal my property to pay for your poor health choices. When you have to really pay for them, organic is very cheap.

  • Prescott Balch
    Prescott Balch

    "Our love of meat is taxing the climate." -- No it is not! Please watch this if you care to hear a contrary and well-informed opinion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uniz3l5lMF4

  • Craig  Kauderer
    Craig Kauderer

    My first question to you is, “Why Meat?”. Obviously, someone thinks that “eating meat” is a sin! I disagree with that global assumption. I’m sure some people believe this...but, how many...what percentage of the population? Why should we “meat lovers” cater (pun intended) to them?

    My second question is, “Which Meat?” Beef? Chicken? Pork? The meat of some vegetables? Obviously, this question was created to stir conversations, rather than solve a problem...that isn’t even stated.

  • Patty Bowman
    Patty Bowman

    Taxing meat is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard of! Meat is NOT A LUXURY! IT IS A FOOD SOURCE!

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