British scientists linked to Oxford University are demanding red meat taxes. They argue that the introduction of such a tax in many countries could benefit health care. Scientists estimate that by 2020 around 2.4 million deaths worldwide will be due to the consumption of red meat. In addition, it provides $ 285 billion in public health costs. She published her research in Plos One, a scientific journal.
In collaboration with research centers in the United States and the United Kingdom, they tried to achieve an optimal red meat tax in 149 countries to cover as much as possible the associated healthcare costs. Across the globe, they reach the desired average tax rate of 16% for red meat and western countries, which should be 20%. For processed meat products, the tax rate should be much higher. An optimal red meat tax rate around the globe will generate around $ 172 billion, thus covering 70% of the cost to consumers of meat products.
In their research, researchers focused on the implications for public health, but also indirectly indicate the impact of CO2 emissions on their publication. The tax would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 100 million tons, mainly due to reduced consumption of beef.
For more information, see the Health-Driven Taxation on Red and Processed Meat: A Simulation Study on Optimal Tax Rates and Health Effects on Plos One's Website.
Source: Plos One, 06/11/18
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