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We should tax meat and subsidize fruits and vegetables

By Anna Pippus      

It’s in the best interests of society for all of us to consume fewer animal foods and more fruits and vegetables. Taxes on animal foods coupled with progressive subsidies on plant-based foods would help us achieve this.

Lawyer and animal rights advocate Anna Pippus writes that the artificially low price of animal and processed foods and relatively high price of fruits and vegetables disproportionately negatively impacts the poor. Hill Times file photograph
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Nothing elicits grumbles quite like talking about taxes. Governments around the world tax income, carbon, alcohol, tobacco, sugar, houses, inheritances, even saturated fat. And these taxes can be not insignificant; in Canada, for example, 35 per cent of the pump price for gas is tax. If a group of investors managing trillions of dollars is correct, the newest tax may be on animal foods. The Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) recently issued a report warning investors

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