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Meat or dairy tax in the US or EU by 2023?

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A meat or dairy tax is a tax levied on the purchase or consumption of meat and/or other animal products to disincentivize the production or consumption of meat products.

Meat and dairy production is known to be a disproportional contributor of emissions, attributing approximately half of food-derived GHG emissions, while only accounting for one-third of the dietary energy intake worldwide (Broeks et al., 2020). Hence, many have advocated for a meat production or consumption tax (see Wikipedia).

Will a meat or dairy consumption tax go into effect in the US or any EU member state by 2023?

This question resolves positively if a meat or dairy consumption tax is imposed by the US federal government, or by any country that is a EU member state (at the time when it imposes such a tax), by 2023-01-01 at 12:00PM EST.

  • Qualifying taxes include excise tax (i.e. a per unit tax that applies to a narrow range of products), or a sales tax (i.e. a tax levied on the sale of a good to its final end user and is charged every time that item is sold retail).

  • The tax must be applied to the meat of any of the following: cattle, pig, sheep, chicken; or to cow milk

  • Positive resolution requires that the consumption tax is applied nation-wide, and that the tax goes into effect by the resolution date.

  • An increase in VAT specific to meat and dairy products in any member state of the EU will also count towards positive resolution.

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