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The article chosen for this discussion is “Where is the beef tax?” by Spence (2020). The
article discusses why researchers are demanding a combination of carbon taxes and “sin taxes” to
mitigate the meat`s impact. The purpose of such a move is to curb the meat appetite of
individuals. Several scientists argue that it is impossible to reduce emissions to significant levels
without dealing with factory farming. If you look at the amount of CO2 equivalent gases
produced from livestock, you will find that per pound of animal poultry only produces around 5
lbs. of gas per pound of chicken produced. Pork is only about 10 lbs. of gas produced, while beef
and sheep are closer to approximately 15 lbs. (Spence, 2020). When we take this information, it
shows that simply by reducing the form of meat that we are primarily eating and producing, we
could reduce the number of greenhouse gases produced from this farming sector by up to 2/3.
That can be achieved by increasing taxes on beef production. Such a policy would directly affect
the economy by shifting the demand curve for meat consumption shifting to the left. However,
this “Keynesian” effect is temporary and lasts a few years at most, after which the economy will
return to its underlying sustainable level.
In addition to taxes, the government should provide licenses only to those farms that have
developed techniques to manage animal manure better. Manure management accounts for nearly
6% of all warming potential being released into the atmosphere each year (Spence, 2020). One
way that we can change this is to use anaerobic manure digesters. This type of system allows
bacteria to break down the manure into methane gas; the methane is then used to power an
engine generator. From the account of one farm doing this in Minnesota, not only was it able to
supply all the power for the farm, but it also powered another 75 homes in the area. Methane
burning will still cause carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere that is considered to

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Beef Tax Name Course Title Instructor Date Beef Tax The article chosen for this discussion is “Where is the beef tax?” by Spence (2020). The article discusses why researchers are demanding a combination of carbon taxes and “sin taxes” to mitigate the meat`s impact. The purpose of such a move is to curb the meat appetite of individuals. Several scientists argue that it is impossible to reduce emissions to significant levels without dealing with factory farming. If you look at the amount of CO2 equivalent gases produced from livestock, you will find that per pound of animal poultry only produces around 5 lbs. of gas per pound of chicken produced. Pork is only about 10 lbs. of gas produced, while beef and sheep are closer to approximately 15 lbs. (Spence, 2020). When we take this information, it shows that simply by reducing the form of meat that we are primarily eating and producing, we could reduce the number of greenhouse gases produced from this farming sector by up to 2/3. That can be achieved by increasing taxes on beef production. Such a policy would directly affect the economy by shifting the demand curve for meat consumption shifting to the left. However, this “Ke ...
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