Web Desk: Scientists from Britain have called for a tax on meat, which allegedly can save thousands of lives, reported Metro.
According to a research, the meat tax could also save the UK economy more than £70 million in avoided healthcare costs. This tax will impact on the sales of burgers, sausages, mince and steak.
Eating red meat is increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Scientists found that the cost of red meat would need to rise by 14% and processed meat by 79%.
The scientists said, “Our findings make it clear that the consumption of red and processed meat has a cost, not just to people’s health and to the planet, but also to the healthcare systems and the economy.”
In the US, the tax resulted in red meat costing 34% more and the price of processed meat soaring by 163%. Taxing meat in Germany at an effective level led to red meat being 28% more expensive and the price of processed meat rising by 166%.