Sweden Mulls Carbon Tax on Meat to Reduce Emissions

By Susan Jones | January 22, 2013 | 10:50 AM EST

Sweden's Agricultural Board has proposed a tax on meat for the sake of the environment. (AP Photo)

From The Local (Sweden): Sweden's Agricultural Board on Tuesday proposed a tax on meat, to discourage consumption of a product that supposedly strains the environment because much of it has to be imported.

The news report said Swedish meat consumption has increased around 33 percent over the past 30 years and is now higher than the EU average.

Beef production in particular uses a lot of resources, the agriculture board said in a report.

"Our mandate includes looking at sustainable development and food production that benefits the consumer," board spokeswoman Gabrielle Cahlin was quoted as saying.

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

Sweden's finance minister reportedly has ruled out a specific meat tax.

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