Denmark is considering taxing red meat to fight the 'ethical problem' of climate change

The Danish Council of Ethics recommended an initial tax on beef, saying that in the long term, the tax should apply to all foods at varying levels depending on climate impact. The council voted in favour of the measures by an overwhelming majority, and the proposal will now be put forward for consideration by the government. “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,” the council said, adding that cattle alone account for some 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, while the production of food as a whole makes up between 19 and 29%.



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