Min­is­ter slams meat tax idea

Central and North Rural Weekly - - COLUMN -

AGRI­CUL­TURE Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud has slammed the idea of a meat tax.

Re­search con­ducted by Ox­ford Univer­sity sug­gests govern­ments should con­sider plac­ing a tax on meat to re­duce con­sump­tion.

The re­search in­di­cates it would pre­vent 6000 deaths in the UK each year and save more than 700 mil­lion pounds in health­care costs.

The study sug­gests a tax of 14 per cent on red meat and 79 per cent on pro­cessed meat.

It comes af­ter the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion in 2015 said eat­ing large amounts of red meat or pro­cessed meats such as ba­con was prob­a­bly car­cino­genic.

How­ever Mr Lit­tleproud has slammed the study, say­ing it shows how “ir­rel­e­vant these in­sti­tu­tions are be­com­ing”.

“Com­par­ing red meat to cig­a­rettes is ridicu­lous,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“These in­sti­tu­tions aren’t liv­ing in the real world but in­stead make find­ings with­out a lead of re­al­ity.

“Red meat is es­sen­tial to a healthy diet.”


A QUICK NO: Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture David Lit­tleproud has crit­i­cised the pro­posed idea of a meat tax.

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