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'Slap carbon tax on meat to reduce emissions'

'Slap carbon tax on meat to reduce emissions'

Published: 22 Jan 2013 10:05 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Jan 2013 10:05 GMT+01:00

Swedish meat consumption has increased by a third in the past 30 years, said the board's review. Annually, the average Swede will eat more 85 kilogrammes of meat, with pork the most common product, followed by beef then poultry.

The consumption in Sweden is higher than the EU average.

Beef production in particular uses a lot of resources. Imported meat has an additional environmental impact due to transport, the agricultural board report noted.

"Our mandate includes looking at sustainable development and food production that benefits the consumer," spokeswoman Gabrielle Cahlin said in a statement.

"We tried looking at the big picture for sustainable meat production."

The report offered three solutions. Less meat consumption globally, the possibility of taxing meat, and international agreements to support sustainable meat production.

Finance Minister Anders Borg, however, ruled out specific meat tax, telling the Dagens Nyheter newspaper that he thought Sweden's current carbon dioxide tax system worked well.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Eskil Erlandsson explained that the Sweden is considering removing certain exceptions to the carbon tax as part of a broader review of climate policy but that a specific tax on meat was "counterproductive.

"People should decide for themselves what they want in their refrigerator," he told the TT news agency.

The Agricultural Board clarified later on Tuesday that it wasn't actually proposing a carbon tax on meat.

"Rules, taxes, and subsidies can push things in the right direction. But it's imperative that these are at an international level, otherwise there is a risk production will simply be moved where the regulations and tax burden is lightest, not where production is sustainable," Gabriella Cahlin, the board's head of marketing, said in a statement.

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11:05 January 22, 2013 by oluies
Meat is not bad for the environment in general. Most of todays production methods are.

So JBV is doing it wrong

They should go after the production methods, for example the raindeer production in sweden is very good from a climate perspective while "factory" pigs are not so great for the environment.

Sending the production abroad to russia... does not help the environment.

Shutting down JBV saves money!
11:06 January 22, 2013 by philster61
any excuse to add more tax to something.......
11:52 January 22, 2013 by RobinHood
I there one single problem in Sweden that can't be solved by raising taxes?
13:11 January 22, 2013 by Hisingen
How much CO2 do we, as people, breath out?

Oh - that much? Then we must tax that as well. It is most definitely bad for the environment.

I'm joking?

Just wait and see. Some other joker in the government will come up with the suggestion in due course. They have already suggested taxing cattle - - -

Moo.
14:15 January 22, 2013 by karex
@RobinHood,

That seems to be the basis for sociaist reasoning: the magic cure for a the word's probems is creating new taxes or increasing existing ones.
01:41 January 23, 2013 by Eric1
How about this for a plan. For every percent politicians raise taxes, their salaries are cut but at least the same percentage.
05:41 January 23, 2013 by Da Goat
perhaps someone could lend the JBV "thinkers" some powerful firearms so they can shoot themselves in the feet properly !

but stand back they seem to be a little incompetent.

is this the definition of counter-productive or what?

also the whole CO2 thing is nothing but a political bank job, most people have seen this hoax a long time ago!
10:45 January 23, 2013 by karex
Now that's what I call a brilliant plan Eric1! I LIKE!
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