British scientists affiliated to Oxford University are demanding a tax on red meat. The introduction of such a tax could benefit from healthcare in many countries, they claim. Scientists estimate that by 2020 nearly 2.4 million worldwide deaths will be due to red meat consumption. In addition, it provides $ 285 billion in public health costs. He published about their study in the scientific journal Plos One.
In collaboration with research centers in the United States and the United Kingdom, they tried to get an optimal levy for red meat in 149 countries to cover as much as possible the cost of health care. Worldwide, they reach an average tax rate of 16% for red meat, and in western countries, which should be 20%. With regard to processed meat products, the tax rate should be much higher. The optimal rate of tax on red meat would generate around $ 172 billion worldwide and thus cover 70 percent of the damage that meat products use to society.
In their study, scientists mainly focused on the consequences for public health, but also indirectly mentions the effects on CO2 emissions in their publication. The tax would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 100 million tons, mainly due to the lower consumption of beef.
For more information, see the Health Taxes for Red and Processed Meat: A modeling study on optimal levels of taxation and related health impacts on the Plos One site.
source: Plos One, 06/11/18
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