If The Money Raised Is Used To Subsidize Fruits And Vegetables, A Meat Tax Will Be Accepted
2021-01-26 | by CusiGO
According to a survey conducted by TAPP, a coalition of organizations dedicated to environment, health and animal welfare, consumers will be subject to a meat tax if the money raised is used to subsidize fruits and vegetables. The results of the survey show that 70% of consumers in Germany, France and the Netherlands will support taxes (e.g. raising meat VAT) if the funds raised are used to reduce the value of taxes on fruits and vegetables.
On February 2 next year, the European Parliament will revise the “farm to fork strategy” in accordance with the European Green deal proposed by the European Commission. You can learn more details through this article. In fact, the EC recognizes that meat prices are too low under the strategy, which aims to build a sustainable and affordable food system that is climate neutral by 2050.
In principle, according to the current strategy, the EC proposes to reduce the value-added tax on organic fruits, vegetables and vegetables to 0%, that is, to abolish the tax. However, tappc hopes to further increase the value-added tax on meat, so as to offset the value-added tax on general fresh products. However, increasing meat value-added tax will not only help solve this problem, but also need funds to help farmers achieve sustainability, animal welfare, and those with low income and difficult access to quality food.
According to the survey, 34% of consumers neither approve nor oppose the proposal, and only 9% to 16% of consumers disagree with the measure. Of course, the data vary slightly from country to country, with the results showing that 80% of the Germans, 67% of the French and 63% of the Dutch said they would be willing to pay 0.10 euro per 100 grams of meat if the money was used for the above improvements. 53% of the Germans, 39% of the French and 32% of the Dutch said they were willing to pay a tax of 0.25 euro per 100 grams of meat to improve carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, subsidize farmers and reduce the prices of fruits, vegetables and vegetables, Raise wages, etc
TAPP was surprised to find that consumers with ties to the Liberals and conservatives in the three countries were more supportive of the meat tax than those with ties to the left. It’s an irrelevant fact, and it doesn’t seem to have much meaning to emphasize, because it seems to be as a political tool rather than as a sample of what people want, regardless of their political affinity. Therefore, if you are interested in reading the article on the TAPP page, we will ignore the details about the affinity and tax acceptance of the topic.
With regard to the priority of allocating meat tax revenue, it must be pointed out that although a large proportion (41%) supports the reduction of value-added tax, it is more important to hope to pay farmers better (45%) because it can improve standards such as animal welfare or environment. 33% of respondents accepted the income improvement of the most depressed families. With these data, we can see the priorities of consumers in these three countries, but if the survey is conducted in all EU countries, they will certainly be different.
Interestingly, on the table of the European community, we are talking about a kind of tax or considering the use of innovative additives in livestock feed to reduce the carbon footprint, but we are not talking about reducing meat production, Or the need to reduce consumption of this food as one of the main strategies to achieve this sustainable and respectful food system.