British scientists linked to the University of Oxford are asking for a tax on red meat. The introduction of such a tax could benefit healthcare in many countries, they argue. Scientists estimate that by 2020 approximately 2.4 million deaths worldwide will be due to the consumption of red meat. In addition, it provides $ 285 billion in public health spending. He published for study in the journal Plos One.
In collaboration with research centers in the United States and the United Kingdom, they tried to reach an optimal red meat tax in 149 countries to cover as much as possible the related healthcare costs. Worldwide, they reach the desired average tax rate of 16% for red meat and in western countries it should be 20%. In the case of processed meat products the tax rate has to be much higher The optimum tax rate for red meat would generate around $ 172 billion worldwide and thus cover 70% of the losses caused by consumption of products meat in society.
In their study, scientists mainly focused on public health implications, but also indirectly reported the impact on CO2 emissions in their publication. The tax would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 100 million tonnes, mainly due to lower beef consumption.
For more information, see the publication of Health Taxes for Red and Processed Meat: A modeling study on optimal levels of taxation and related health effects on the Plos One website.
source: Plos One, 06/11/18
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