The Swedish government is pushing for a meat tax to help curb the environmental impact of meat production, but officials don’t want to stop there. They would like to see the meat tax enacted throughout all of the European Union to reduce meat consumption.
The proposal was made by Sweden’s Board of Agriculture, according to a report by EurActiv.com.
“Environmental regulations and economics incentives like environmental taxes or subsidies are possible alternatives. Preferably they should be implemented at the EU level rather than the national level," the board’s report, Sustainable meat consumption: What is it? How do we get there?, said.
Meat is popular among Swedish – and European – consumers. Last year Swedes consumed 191 pounds of meat, but Marit Paulsen, a Swedish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and vice president of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee, said that she would like to see meat consumption in the Scandinavian country drop to 99 to 110 pounds per person annually. Read more from EurActiv here.
In the U.S., the livestock industry is also fighting rumors surrounding meat’s environmental impact despite evidence of the contrary. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that animal agriculture accounted for just 2.8 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and Judith Capper, Ph.D., assistant professor of animal sciences at Washington State University, said in a recent “Meat MythCrusher” video report that the livestock industry has been proactive in reducing environmental impact. Watch the Meat MythCrusher video report here.
This isn’t the first time that vegetarianism has promoted from Sweden. In August 2012, scientists at the Stockholm International Water Institute announced that a looming water shortage would force the global population to become vegetarian by 2050. Click here to read, “We’ll all be vegetarians by 2050, scientists say.”