UK Government ignores pleas for a meat tax to combat CO2 emissions
Boris Johnson has refused meat tax demand
The UK government has stated that it will not be introducing a meat and dairy tax as part of its climate initiatives to combat carbon emissions.
This news comes despite the fact that the meat and dairy industries are one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, worsening the issue of global warming.
UK ministers are defiantly ignoring the data, even though climate activists, scientists and campaigners have called for them to look at the facts.
Campaigners have long argued for meat and dairy to be aligned with alcohol, fuel, sugar and tobacco – all of which are taxed because of their damaging impact on human health and/or the environment.
However, a senior No10. official recently told the Evening Standard: “This is categorically not going to happen.”
“We will not be imposing a meat tax on the great British banger or anything else.”
In 2020, vegan charity PETA UK implored that the government introduce a meat and dairy tax to ‘lessen the economic fall-out after COVID-19 and combat the climate crisis’.
In a letter written to Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, PETA suggested that revenue from such a tax could ease the burden on the NHS.
On top of this, the letter explains that the move can help farmers transition away from meat and dairy to more climate-friendly arable ventures.
PETA director of vegan corporate projects, Dawn Carr said: “We must heed the Committee on Climate Change’s call for meat and dairy consumption to be cut down and act on the United Nations’ recommendation that national governments introduce a tax on meat.”
“The resulting tax revenue could be used to help meat and dairy farmers make the transition into healthier, more sustainable crop farming at a time when the plant-based food market is booming.”
The requests for a meat and dairy tax follow PM Boris Johnson’s promise to get the UK to ‘net-zero’ emissions by 2050.
Johnson has also pledged to reduce emissions by more than two-thirds in the next 10 years.
The PM has described the targets as ‘ambitious’, yet he refuses to tackle the real climate criminals and biggest contributors to the destruction of the planet.
What is the data?
To put it into numbers, a scientific study published in the journal Climate Change, looked at the average annual amount of CO2 emitted by typical UK diets.
It found that meat-eaters emit 2,055 kg a year and vegetarians 1,391 kg, whilst vegans emit the lowest CO2 at 1,055 kg.
Likewise, a 2018 Greenpeace report found that ‘Global meat and dairy production and consumption must be cut in half by 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change and keep the Paris Agreement on track’.
‘If left unchecked, agriculture is projected to produce 52 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades, 70 per cent of which will come from meat and dairy’.
On top of this, a study by Meatless Farm recently discovered that if every family in the UK removed the meat from just one meal a week, it would have the same environmental impact as taking 16 million cars off the road.
If a meat tax was introduced it would very likely encourage people to reduce meat from their diets, lowering the impact that it has on the environment, leading the way towards a vegan future and in turn, saving the planet.