Groups Want to See Your Juicy Steak Taxed

The steep climb in global meat consumption has environmental interest groups debating a “sin” tax on animal products. The Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return Initiative says meat consumption grew by more than five times between 1992 and 2016 and has contributed to greenhouse gas emissions, global obesity, rising rates of diabetes, soil degradation and deforestation.. The British activist group argues meat should join products like tobacco, sugar and carbon, which are often taxed because they are harmful to people’s health and the environment. Kevin Boon, general manager of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association in Kamloops, isn’t convinced that the money from a meat tax would go toward changing the industry. He said that pointing the finger at one commodity is too narrow a view. He argues that the world’s expanding population is creating more demand for food, including meat and askes us to think about putting a tax on a food product of any kind that is recognized in the Canadian Health Guide as an essential part of a balanced diet. What do you Think?…. Ed

Source: Anna Dimoff / Photo: Scott Applewhite

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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