A U.N. panel wants to tax meat out of existence. No, I am not making this up. It may have passed below the radar screen, because the International Resource Panel reached its decision in May, and the mainstream media reported on the story during the 4th of July weekend, but this is not some contrived story. And by the piece in the Washington Post, it reads like they hate meat too. What a surprise?
The Post’s Wonkblog is headlined “Meat is horrible.” In the story, Rachael Premack, the Post’s business writer, blames meat for just about every problem in the world, including pollution.
The leader of a fight to ban meat is Maarten Hajer, who is a member of the U.N. panel. “I think it is extremely urgent,” Hajer said on taxing meat out of existence. He says taxes are necessary on meat, because of its harmful effects on health and the environment. He wants meat taxed at the wholesale level to drive up the cost so much consumers will stop buying it. In fact, if he had his way, meat would be taxed at every step of the way. You get the idea he wants consumers taxed, even if they inhale the aroma of meat, while entering a supermarket.
Hajer, a professor at the Netherlands’s Utrecht University, is part of the panel comprised of 34 scientists and 30 governments.
I doubt this issue will be part of the current presidential campaign, but maybe the candidates ought to be asked. As long as the media keeps serving up “red meat,” they might want to try the real thing with their questions. Meanwhile, pass the hot dogs. And hamburgers too.