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October 30, 2020 - Reuters

Scientists propose tax on meat and livestock to help avert future pandemics

Scientists propose tax on meat and livestock to help avert future pandemics
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ROME, Oct 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Policy makers should consider levying taxes on livestock production and meat consumption to reduce the risk of future deadly pandemics, international experts said on Thursday, as they published a study calling for better protection of nature.

“Over-consumption of meat... (is) bad for our health. It’s unsustainable in terms of environmental impact. It’s also a driver of pandemic risk,” Peter Daszak, a zoologist who chaired the study, told journalists at its launch.

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