Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica
The Danish Council on Ethics has voted to recommend a tax on beef to help limit global warming. Cattle are responsible for up to 10% of all global emissions, the group found.

Agriculture

Danish Proposal Calls For Tax On Meat To Fight Climate Change

The Danish Council on Ethics has voted to recommend a tax on beef to help limit global warming. Cattle are responsible for up to 10% of all global emissions, the group found.

The Danish Council of Ethics is recommending that the country impose a tax on meat to fight global warming. The group says that its research finds cattle account for about 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Food production taken as a whole — which includes transportation, irrigation, fertilizers, and refrigeration —  is responsible for nearly 30% of all emissions, the council says. The Council concluded that “climate change is an ethical problem.”

tax on meat in Denmark

After members of the Council approved the results of the study by a majority vote, the Council put out a press release in which it said Denmark was under direct threat from climate change and it was not enough to rely on the “ethical consumer” to ensure the country meets its UN commitments. “The Danish way of life is far from climate-sustainable, and if we are to live up to the Paris Agreement target of keeping the global temperature rise ‘well below 2°C’, it is necessary both to act quickly and involve food.”

Danes are “ethically obliged” to change their eating habits, the statement added and claimed that it is “unproblematic” to cut out beef and still enjoy a healthy and nutritious diet. The proposed tax would apply initially to only to beef but the idea of a tax to promote a sustainable lifestyle could be extended to other meats and indeed all foods in coming years, with those having the greatest impact on climate change being taxed at the highest rates.

“For a response to climate-damaging food to be effective, while also contributing to raise awareness of the challenge of climate change, it must be shared,” said council spokesman Mickey Gjerris. “This requires society to send a clear signal through regulation.” The proposal will now be considered by the Danish government.

Consumption of red meat has declined markedly since the World Health Organization warned recently of a possible link between red meat and cancer.

Source: The Independent | Photo credit: ohallmann via Foter.com / CC BY

Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.

 
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his homes in Florida and Connecticut or anywhere else the Singularity may lead him. You can follow him on Twitter but not on any social media platforms run by evil overlords like Facebook.

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.