||United Nations Recommends Tax
By USA News Group (Originally in English)
A report issued by the United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) recommends levying fees for livestock as
a way to reduce this sector’s emission of greenhouse gases,
currently estimated at 7,000 billion tons of CO2 equivalent
annually. Moreover, livestock raising is known not only to impact
human health but also to cause enormous damage to ecosystems,
biodiversity, land, forests, and water quality.
The State of Food and Agriculture report calls
for market-based policies such as taxes and subsidy reductions
that would cause producers to minimize environmental damage
by being required to absorb its costs. FAO Director-General
Jacques Diouf stated that the rapid growth of the livestock
sector unfortunately has thus far had little oversight, with
current estimates forecasting that without a change in course,
the number of livestock cattle alone will increase 70% to 2.6
billion by mid-century.
Diouf and United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization,
we laud your recommendations for such planet-protecting policies.
May governments across the globe be motivated to implement measures
such as these for the benefit of all the Earth’s inhabitants.