Key Terms

Meat tax

A tax on meat has been put forward to reduce consumption on public health grounds and to account for its negative environmental externalities. A meat tax could prevent more than 220,000 deaths and save more than US$40 billion in healthcare costs, according to one estimate published in 2018.

FAIRR published a policy White Paper – the Livestock Levy – on this issue in December 2017, highlighting the potential for such a tax to be introduced.