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Petition launched for meat tax in Sweden

By Chloe Ryan , 22-Jul-2015
Last updated on 22-Jul-2015 at 20:21 GMT2015-07-22T20:21:59Z

Support for a meat tax in Sweden is gathering support among politicians
Support for a meat tax in Sweden is gathering support among politicians

Calls for a meat tax in Sweden have resurfaced two years after its government ruled out the Swedish Board of Agriculture's suggestion that such a tax could curb consumption and reduce environmental impact.

A petition, started by environmental campaign group Swedish Food and Environment Information (SMMI), to introduce a tax on meat has garnered more than 7,000 signatures.

A new working group has now been formed by the minister for strategy and future issues Kristina Persson to investigate how a meat tax could be used to encourage more sustainable food consumption.

Support from politicians

SMMI spokesman Toivo Jokkala told MTJ the environmental organisation’s petition had drawn support from several politicians and said the idea of introducing a tax on meat had in recent years gone from “science fiction to something that political bodies and the media are starting to talk about in an open way”.

He said he remained realistic about the low possibility of a meat tax actually being introduced, but said the formation of the working group was a “huge step for a political party to put the idea of meat taxation in their programme”.

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