Do-good­ers call for huge price hike on ba­con, roast beef and lamb chops

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST news@sun­

‘LIB­ERAL do-good­ers’ want to tax meat to make it too ex­pen­sive for nor­mal peo­ple to eat – be­cause they don’t think they can be trusted to look af­ter them­selves.

They reckon a “meat tax” could pre­vent al­most 6,000 deaths per year in the UK and save the econ­omy more than £70m in health­care costs.

And they claim glob­ally, meat taxes could save an es­ti­mated 220,000 lives by 2020 and re­duce health­care costs by £30.7bn, a study found.

The re­search is based on ev­i­dence link­ing con­sump­tion of “red” meat – such as beef, lamb and pork – to in­creased risk of heart dis­ease, stroke, di­a­betes and cancer. Im­pacts

And the boffins have cal­cu­lated that to meet the health cost the price of red meat would have go up by 14 per cent and pro­cessed meat by 79 per cent.

Lead re­searcher Dr Marco Spring­mann of Ox­ford Univer­sity, said: “The con­sump­tion of red and pro­cessed meat ex­ceeds rec­om­mended lev­els in most high and mid­dle-in­come coun­tries.

“This is hav­ing sig­nif­i­cant im­pacts not only on per­sonal health, but also on health­care sys­tems, which are tax­payer funded in many coun­tries, and on the econ­omy, which is los­ing its labour force due to ill health and care for fam­ily mem­bers who fall ill.

“I hope that gov­ern­ments will con­sider in­tro­duc­ing a health levy on red and pro­cessed meat as part of a range of mea­sures to make healthy and sus­tain­able de­ci­sion-mak­ing eas­ier for con­sumers.”

The study in­di­cated that a health tax could re­duce con­sump­tion of pro­cessed meat such as ba­con and sausages by about two por­tions per week in high-in­come coun­tries.

Higher taxes on pro­cessed meat were also ex­pected to cause con­sumers to switch to eat­ing more un­pro­cessed meat.

But red meat en­thu­si­ast Paul Don­caster re­futed the calls. He said: “This is bull­shit. These lib­eral do-good­ers think they know bet­ter than ev­ery­one else.

“Peo­ple should be free to make their own choices.”

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