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Most people think that what they eat is a personal choice. The Danish Council on Ethics thinks otherwise, as expressed in a recent report called “The Ethical Consumer: Climate Damaging Foods”. Fourteen of the Council’s 17 members support a recommendation to implement a climate tax on beef in Denmark. This backs up proposals from UN expert Professor Maarten Haajer, who this summer called for a worldwide tax on all meat. “I think it’s extremely urgent” stated Haajer, who regularly highlights the fact that livestock creates more greenhouse gases than all transportation combined. “All of the harmful effects on the environment and on health needs to be priced into food products”.
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