Meat tax ‘life­saver’

Warwickshire Telegraph - - WE WILL REMEMBER THEM -

A PRICE-HIK­ING “meat tax” could prevent al­most 6,000 deaths per year in the UK and save the econ­omy more than £700m in avoided health­care costs, say re­searchers.

Glob­ally, meat taxes could save an es­ti­mated 220,000 lives by 2020 and re­duce health­care costs by £30.7bn, a study has found.

The re­search is based on ev­i­dence link­ing con­sump­tion of red meat to an in­creased risk of heart dis­ease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.

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