How would a meat tax help the environment?

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    Most definitely.

    Using animals for food is costing a lot of water, grain, and purity of water and air. Farmed animals are a huge contributor to greenhouse gases and their waste seeps into our water supply. They dimish the nutrient value of the land they are and require a lot of water and grain.

    The tax would help in several ways. As evidenced by liquor, cigarrette and gasoline, taxes make people reconsider what they are buying. The greater the tax, the less likely people will buy it. With that being said, here is what I think will happen.

    1. health care. The less meat, the healthier people will become as a whole. Not everyone and not necessarily to a great degree, but according to American Dietetic Association, vegetarians are less prone to heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. There are many people in the U.S. with those exact health problems. Give them a financial incentive to eat less red meat and hamburgers, and perhaps their problems would slowly reverse.This is good for the environment, because less equipment and less drugs will be required.

    2. pollution. Less demand means less supply. This will help with future pollution and all those things I listed in the first paragraph.

    3. less meat means more vegetables. People will grow more veggies, perhaps even locally and hopefully treat the earth with respect and care.

     

    I attached an article by PETA.

     

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