Germany considers ‘meat tax’ to combat climate change
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Germany considers ‘meat tax’ to combat climate change


FOR THAT SWEDISH GUY. THEY ARE GETTING A LOT OF STRANGE CLIMATE IDEAS OVER IN EUROPE. IN GERMANY, LAWMAKERS HAVE INTRODUCED A BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE A 19% VALUE-ADDED TAX TO ALL OF THE MEAT IN THE COUNTRY. IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY IN LONDON HAS BANNED ALL BEEF, ALL BURGERS ENTIRELY, IN THE NAME OF THE PLANET. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DO THE SAME THING IN AMERICA, UNTIL WE ALL HAVE TO DO DOMINIC GET OUR PROTEIN BY EATING MEALWORMS AND GRASSHOPPERS. ASHLEY BYRNE IS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF PETA. SHE JOINS US. NOW, PETER ACTUALLY IS IN FAVOR OF A MEAT TAX. IS THAT RIGHT?>>Ashley: PETA HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR A MEAT TAX FOR SO MANY YEARS, BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WE ALREADY HAVE SIMILAR TAXES ON THINGS LIKE SODA, CIGARETTES, AND ALCOHOL, AND THEIR EFFECT ON HEALTH. WE ALSO HAVE A SIMILAR TAX ON THINGS THAT ARE HEALTH DOMINIC HARMFUL FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. IT IS A TOP CONTRIBUTOR TO WHAT IS KILLING AMERICANS. IT IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY CULPRITS BEHIND EVERY MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN, WHETHER YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, WATER POLLUTION, AIR POLLUTION, OR TO FORESTATION. WE SHOULD BE FOLLOWING A SIMILAR PATHWAY.>>Mark: I MEAN, ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ OBVIOUSLY WHEN SHE LAUNCHED THE GREEN NEW DEAL. BUT YOU DON’T ACTUALLY, THAT DOESN’T APPLY TO ALL ANIMALS. THERE WAS A SURVEY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO IN CANADA, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT SUGGESTED THAT USING PIG MEAT, YOU COULD ACTUALLY USE THAT AS FUEL AND IT WOULD BE, IN FACT, MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY THAN SAY, NATURAL GAS.>>Ashley: WELL, IF WE WANT TO GET A REAL PICTURE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AND THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE, WE NEED TO LOOK BEYOND METHANE AND BEYOND CLIMATE CHANGE. WE NEED TO LOOK AT THINGS LIKE AIR POLLUTION AND WATER POLLUTION, AND THE FACT THAT DEFORESTATION IS HAPPENING AT AN ALARMING RATE TO FARM LAND FOR GRAZING.>>Mark: BUT THAT’S MOSTLY IN AFRICA AND OTHER PARTS OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE, WHERE THEY HAVE A POPULATION EXPLOSION. ESSENTIALLY, WE ARE REFORESTATION IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE WEST OF THE DEVELOPMENT.>>Ashley: BUT GIANT CHUNKS OF THE AMAZON. ALSO, AGAIN, IF YOU LOOK AT THINGS LIKE WATER POLLUTION. RIGHT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, THE EPA SAYS THAT ANIMAL AGRICULTURE IS THE LEADING CULPRIT BEHIND WATER POLLUTION. AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS THE FACT THAT YOU SEE ANIMALS AND KILLED FOR FOOD IN THE UNITED STATES PRODUCES TEN TIMES MORE EXCREMENT THAN THE ENTIRE HUMAN POPULATION IN THIS COUNTR COUNTRY. WE REALLY HAVE AN ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS ON OUR HANDS. IT GOES BEYOND CLIMATE CHANGE.>>Mark: TO GO BACK TO THAT SURVEY, THE UNIVERSITY SEEMS TO THINK THAT INSTEAD OF JUST LEAVING IT THERE, THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY TAKE THAT STUFF AND POWER OUR HOMES AND OUR MOTOR VEHICLES WITH IT. ISN’T THAT INNOVATION, ISN’T THAT MORE LIKELY TO BE BENEFICIAL TO THE PLANET THAN SIMPLY ABOLISHING WHAT IS A STAPLE OF THE HUMAN DIET?>>Ashley: WELL, IT’S NOT, BECAUSE THERE ARE OTHER CONCERNS. FOR INSTANCE, THE FACT THAT WE USE TREMENDOUS RESOURCES, WATER, FOOD, LAND TO PRODUCE. IT ONLY YIELDS AS A SMALL AMOUNT IN TERMS OF WHAT WE ARE PUTTING IN. THE WASTE IS INCREDIBLE. IF YOU LOOK AT THE FACT THAT ACTUALLY, WE HAVE ALTERNATIVES NOW, THE TASTE OF MEAT, THE TEXTURE OF MEAT. THEY ARE DELICIOUS, AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT TO SO MUCH LOWER. WHY WOULD WE DEAL WITH THESE INTEREST INDUSTRIES THAT ARE OUTDATED WHEN WE HAVE BETTER OPTIONS?>>Mark: YOU LOOK AT THE BIG CHAINS, BURGER KING, McDONALD’S, WENDY’S. AND THAT’S THE OTHER POINT HERE. ISN’T THIS A REGRESSIVE TAX, THAT THE PEOPLE WHO LIKE ARUGULA ON A BED OF ARUGULA ARE THE ELITE. THE FANCY SALAD RESTAURANTS IN BEVERLY HILLS AND MARTHA’S VINEYARD. IT’S THE MAN IN THE STREET WHO’S GETTING A BURGER. THIS MEAT TAX WOULD BE A REGRESSIVE TAX ON THE POOREST PEOPLE IN SOCIETY.>>Ashley: WELL FIRST OF ALL, THE MAN ON THE STREET IS LOOKING FOR A PLANT-BASED OPTIONS NOW TOO, WHICH IS WHY RESTAURANTS LIKE BURGER KING ARE ADDING VEGAN OPTIONS TO THEIR MENU. BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO LOOK AT HEALTH CONCERNS. THAT’S ANOTHER REASON THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ADVOCATE FOR A TAX ON MEAT. AGAIN, MEET IS ONE OF THE LEADING CONTRIBUTORS TO SOME OF THE TOP KILLERS OF AMERICANS. THE FACT IS THAT RIGHT NOW, OUR MEAT IS HEAVILY SUBSIDIZED. SO THE TAXPAYER, THE POOR DECISION OF PEOPLE WHO ARE CHOOSING TO EAT EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW THAT IT’S BAD FOR THEIR HELP AND IF THAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.>>Mark: I SAW A GUY HAD A

100 Comments

  • Bigg Slime

    She’s wrong!!! Those diseases she lost are caused from over consumption of processed sugars and other processed foods. Then also if cow farts are causing climate change then we don’t eat them then their are more alive farting, how does that solve any problems?

  • Sohara Ojima

    Biden said truth over facts, therefore the facts of meats impacting human heath doesn’t matter. Keep the tax in Europe.

  • Jake M

    Grass stores more carbon than trees so deforestation for grazing would help sequester carbon also more bare ground is exposed when growing vegetables not to mention the pesticides and fungicides

  • OvroProductions

    The world considers a "Stupidity Tax" on Germany, for coming up with asinine ideas that don't amount to anything, but deep pockets of a few! Keep robbing the people and see what a revolt looks like in a Socialist country!

  • Catie Grzywacz

    GTFOOH, don't touch my meat, you power-hungry whiners, you are oh so insincere, all that blinking and nodding, you power-hungry whores.

  • LandShark Clark

    How about the 70+ mental illnesses caused by not eating meat? Also, It’s cow burps not farts that cause the gases you are talking about. Know your science before you open your mouth.

  • Tml fan

    Freakin climate cult at it again with a new tax bc we dont pay enough tax . 52 % of canadian income goes to the government if your middle or poor. Plus we have tax upon tax upon tax .The rich elite climatoligist are going to suck us dry all bc of some stupid bs climate change propaganda.

  • MegaSkilla

    She stated pure propaganda. Fact, sugar and refined carbohydrates are the leading cause of Diabetes which has overtaken Heart disease as the number one diagnosed health problem in the U.S… Then there is the toxic runoff from synthetic fertilizers, which is statistically the number one pollutant found in ground water.

  • Arthur Zettel

    There is no amount of money that can slowdown or stop climate change. Only Nature's God and Celestial Nature can do such a thing. We Can Only Adapt…

  • Joel Smith

    I propose a tax for the people that come up with these things and if they don't pay put them in a camp on some island in the middle of nowere.

  • KMF

    She thinks it's a crisis because we have more animal poop on the earth than human poop? LOL I can't believe it. Clearly she's never been around animals and in the wild just no clue of the natural world. She's probably some City Girl that's never been on a farm in her life.

  • KMF

    So you're going to tell me that I can't eat meat but I can mutilate my body and cut off are add certain body parts in order to call myself a woman or a man at will. And I can put lots of dangerous chemicals into my body to do so and that's no big deal. But it's a big deal if I want to eat meat and harm myself that way which I don't believe it does harm me but that's debatable.

  • Benglator1

    She never really explained a single thing about how eating cow is bad. She sure likes to use the word "fact" but her facts are not even facts. Most are theories of scientist and look how many times science has been wrong through out the years. Remember how eggs used to be so deadly to our lives? Red wine was heart healthy, oh wait now its not. Seems that guy made that all up. In the middle 1990's scientist told us living in South Florida that our homes would be under water by the year 2015. Here we are today in the same spot and South Florida is still here. Now of course they say we will not see any sea level rise for 1000 years. Tax is right and the other key word is CONTROL. There is a small group of people in this world who wants to CONTROL everything we as a people do and say. You may laugh but just google the 3 men who control almost 100% of our food. 🙁

  • Loretta Moroz-doody

    Stupid is as stupid does. They FAIL to realize OUR TEETH are made for MEAT & plants. PETA is also not as they portray themselves, they are as whacked out as the rest wanting to CONTROL everyone else.

  • jimmy1132

    Radical democrates answer to any problems is simple = TAX……..Making these people filthy rich has never solved anything.

  • Armastat

    We are putting way more into animal raising than we are getting out of it? Somebody better tell the farmers, they think they are making a profit.

  • Vax Not

    Adding 400,000 energy sucking 5G transmitters nationwide would contribute to climate change but the telecom industry gets a free pass. To make up for that, people have to stop eating meat.

  • Jackson Neaves

    Great initiative! One of the only nations with politicians who aren't useless, that actually understand the importance of combating climate change

  • oldedude51

    Anyone who has ever been to Europe knows how expensive beef already is over there. It's been a few years, but I remember being in Lucerne, Switzerland when I got a "red meat need attack" (usually I subsist on chicken and fish, with occasional helpings of pork, but periodically the only thing that will satisfy is beef). So, I started checking out the restaurants. The CHEAPEST thing on offer was a 6 oz. steak for… $32.00. At today's prices, that would be closer to $80.00 or more, so it's not like the Euros are constantly burying their faces in cow flesh, yet their governments propose to make it even less accessible by jacking the price with taxes under the guise of fighting "climate change". Call it a "cow fart tax".

    That should tell you everything you need to know about "climate change". This has nothing to do with "climate" or saving the planet. It has to do with extending government power and increasing government revenues. Of course the rich (you know, the ones flying their private jets to a "climate conference") will continue to eat all the beef they want. In fact, it will give them one more option for conspicuous consumption – and the working people of Germany (and the rest of the EU)? Well, let them eat cake, I suppose.

  • John Wood

    Well done Germany! Always a step ahead when it comes to climate change 👍👍👍👍
    And here is the US this shameful administration and the GOP deny science and live in a dark era belonging to the middle ages 🤮

  • David DeVasto

    If the German politicians had any balls, they'd enact a pork tax…they'd get taken to the cleaners by the people. NEVER stand between a German and their Bratwurst!

  • Filiberto Barrera

    So how much money does it take ,to stop our continents from moving.dinasours froze in place when our continents split,was that due to cow farts.

  • Robert Trump

    Climate Change is a load of cobblers it is just a money spinner for the left and others . Plus a lot of scientists from many countries have debunked that theory.

  • White owk

    In 2013 the U.S. Repealed the Propaganda Ban basically allowing our government to spread fake news/lies. Soo how do we know what to believe? I find it very funny that so-called 'conspiracy theorists' have been talking about chemtrails for over a decade and everyone just laughs it up. It was well known that barium, strontium, and aluminum was and is being sprayed on and over the population like bugs, and now all of the sudden Harvard has come out with this idea about blocking the sun with the same chemicals that conspiracy theorist have already known about. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! THEY ARE LYING ABOUT EVERYTHING!! Look up stratospheric aerosol injection. They can modify our behavior with this stuff. ALso look up the video "Leaked Pentagon Video Shows Vaccine Designed to ~ Modify Behavior ~"

  • Luther Burnside

    Tune in to watch the dumbest of comments from the host that the only possible alternative to beef is grasshoppers. Ha ha ha, not news and not funny.

  • guy

    Germany considers 'meat tax' to combat climate change??? Or just another tax to pay for out of control failing social welfare programs?

  • we do not consent Lord of lords King of Kings

    People get the full armor of God that you may withstand all the attacks from The Satanist we do not consent

  • Scott Munes

    This woman is from PETA. How credible can anything that comes out of her mouth be? Activist groups are usually heavy on the rhetoric and light on the facts, right?

  • Nereknu Vamnic

    So basicli all the russia and china need to do is sit and w8 untill western countries colaps them selfs then simply anex the new terrytorys…

    How long before germany will disarm military ? THE EXACT DAY RUSSIA INVADE 🙂

  • JoAnn E

    I don't understand their lack of logic. If herds of cows are putting too much methane and CO2 into the air, then why aren't they upset at the millions of animals roaming the savannahs of Africa?

  • Karen Makowski

    These lawmakers have truly lost what is left of their minds. Anything to rob the people of more money for ludacrous reasons.

  • eric christison

    "You are so right Ashley, only just this morning at work I was ruing the lack of non meat based options for my lunch" – said no man, ever

  • Justin Archer

    "Meat Tax"… Because Government knows better. If you want a real meat burger that's too bad because Government said so.

  • Hannes Geiger

    There is always a meat or a food tax in germany, it's just about the value added tax in flesh is increased from 7% to 19%. since we have a high meat consumption and meat too cheap is a good suggestion

  • Ian Wilson

    Get rid of cows… Why ? Possibly the most productive animal we have to
    feed our ever increasing population. Cows provide dairy products –
    milk,cheese, butter, cream, ice creams, yoghurt. A staple in meat meals
    from mince in burgers, lasagne, pies, sausages, steaks, stews, High
    protein, high energy, and milk and all round nutritious food etc.

  • Jaime Lannister

    When did something that humans require daily to keep muscle and be healthy become "evil" I am honestly confused.

  • Sharon Barrett

    Peta has destroyed more peoples income in the world than any other organization. The seal hunts for example. Put a lot of people out of work then sat back and laughed about it.

  • Jonny NotK

    i dont unterstand the hate u have too know meat cost less than many fruits here and germans are really cost efficient we would buy less meat and only buy it for important days

  • 1 2

    Meat doesn't cause any diseases, unless mishandled, which can more often happen with salads.
    It's also better for the environment than agriculture which ruins the planet, and we're running out of time (and arable land) to fix that problem.

  • 1 2

    1:06 – bunch of lies debunked ad nauseam, zero of those diseases among people eating only animal products, most famous Eskimos and Maasai

  • David Ohmart

    CLIMATE CHANGE IS A BIG F—KING HOAX the ENVIRONMENT AN THE CLIMATE ARE DOING JUST FINE TAXING DONT DO CRAP PEOPLE DONT UNDERSTAND ENOUGH TO KNOW IF THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG

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