A Bristol MP has said that taxing meat should be one of the options on the table in the fight against climate change.
This comes after leading scientists from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) release a report showing the world has only 12 years left to prevent calamitous levels of temperature change which could destroy the planet.
195 countries signed the Paris Agreement in 2016 to prevent global temperatures from rising above 1.5C and 2C. The IPPC has warned world leaders that they have only 12 years to ensure that ceiling is never breached.
Darren Jones, Bristol North MP, will lead MPs in their first debate about their findings of the report on November 13, in Westminster Hall.
Mr Jones, a vegan for environmental reasons, criticised the government for not taking the subject of climate change as seriously as it should. He described the effect of climate change on parts of his constituency. Jones said Bristol is building flood defences to prevent flooding due to climate change.
According to a report published in the summer by researchers at Oxford University, dairy and meat production is responsible for 60 percent of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Labou MP Mr Jones said the government must look at making changes to the “regulatory environment” around meat production–a move that could include taxing meat products on supermarket shelves. Under current rules, meat is exempt from VAT.
However, Energy minister Claire Perry has refused to advocate for upping taxes on meat products. A change in the way meat is regulated could have an impact on the poorest who are likely to buy cheaper meat for their protein intake.