The price of porterhouse may soon get beefed up in Denmark– if the small Scandinavian nation’s Council on Ethics has its way.
The council, an independent body that advises the government, said this week that Danes have an ethical obligation to fight climate change. And to push them to do that, it called for a “climate tax” on red meat.
According to The Local, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has determined that 18 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions – more than the total exhaust from all forms of transportation – comes from animal agriculture. Raising cattle not only contributes 10 percent of those emissions, but it also takes11,360 gallons of fresh water to produce just over two pounds of beef.
Beef also requires 28 times more land and 11 times more water to produce than pork or chicken, and it emits five times their climate-changing gases, according to The Guardian.
But would a tax on red meat actually lead people to switch from chops to tenderloin to tofu?
Yes, the council says. “Danes are ethically obligated to change their eating habits,” it said, but they won’t lower their red meat consumption just because it’s the “right thing” to do