Economists agree that eating too much meat is harmful 8-02-2022, 07:26

Dutch researchers have calculated how much the “meat tax” should actually be. This includes the cost of compensating for the damage caused to the world environment by the consumption of beef, mutton, pork and poultry. he wrote Top Agrar edition.

Depending on the type of animal, in order to fully take into account the environmental damage associated with meat consumption, it should be taxed at least 20-60 percent of the relevant consumer prices in industrialized countries. A recent study by scientists from a number of EU universities, led by the School of Economics at the University of Utrecht, draws this conclusion.

In a simpler explanation
Economists have calculated the damage that each type of meat can do to the global environment:

Mol go’shti: 1 kg – 5.16 / 8.26 yevro
Mutton: 1 kg – up to 3.33 euros
Cho’chqa weight: 1 kg – 1.74 euros
Parranda weight: 1 kg – 1.35 euros

The researchers agreed that the consumer tax should be assessed in the same manner. Of course, these assessments cover a somewhat narrow range. In particular, air pollution as a result of livestock activities has not been considered a threat to biodiversity or health.

According to economists, the tax on fresh meat would have to be tripled when meat consumption was added to the damage to health.

The greater the consumption of meat, the greater the scale of global environmental problems. The introduction of excises on meat could be a solution. These measures can also help improve the health of the population, as excessive consumption of meat is dangerous, as it causes many diseases, say European scientists.

PS: The study was conducted for developed countries of the European Union.


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