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Meat should be taxed at the wholesale level to raise the price and deter consumption, says a new report from the UN’s International Research Panel (IRP). This will (supposedly) save the environment and prevent global warming.
“I think it is extremely urgent,” said Professor Maarten Hajer of Utrecht University in the Netherlands, lead author of the report. “All of the harmful effects on the environment and on health needs to be priced into food products.”
Hajer and other members of the IRP assert that livestock creates 14.5 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
Sneak the tax up on people
Rather than taxing the meat at the retail level (in supermarkets and shops), Hajer recommended taxing it at the wholesale level. “We think it’s better to price meats earlier in the chain, it’s easier,” said Hajer.
The experience overall seemed unprofessional and haphazard. We were first escorted to the security office across the street where the attendants took our picture and copied our IDs. They gave us sticker name tags to wear inside the UN, and got both of our names wrong, despite the fact that had our IDs. At the end of the visit they berated my friend for taking a name tag that didn't have her name on it. That's your incompetence problem, not ours.
The Delegates Dining room is unadorned and looks a bit like a wedding reception room, despite the fact that the rest of the UN that I've seen is beautiful. The food was okay, the dessert was definitely the highlight of the meal. It is a buffet style meal, so I guess you could say you can get your moneys worth if you want to eat a ton of food. Our server refused to take a photo of us when I asked, saying it was against the rules, but later we asked another server, who took it. I don't really understand their policy on photo taking, Overall the servers were very informal and were joking around with each other. We were hoping to meet people at the UN who were actually excited to be there and were proud of working for the UN. The only person who really fit the bill was our guide to and from the Delegates Dining Room. But when we were waiting for him to escort us back from the lunch, he took too long, like 10 minutes, and a security officer escorted us the rest of the way.