Press Conference 31 Oktober COP26: Carbon Pricing Meat & Dairy, the Elephant in the Room
Press conference Carbon Pricing Food Campaign COP26
True Animal Protein Price Coalition (TAPP): COP26 and the elephant in the room: reducing meat & dairy consumption with carbon pricing / taxation
With: Jeroom Remmers, director TAPP Coalition.
Announcement UK Environmental Minister to start a carbon tax on meat and dairy (10%): During the COP26 Climate Summit the UK Minister of Environment announced a carbon tax on meat and dairy of 10% : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10147129/George-Eustice-signals-support-levy-foods-contribute-global-warming.html
WHY IS MEAT AND MEAT TAXATION THE ELEPHANT IN THE COP26 ROOM??
How is it possible that the major UN ClimateSummit in Glasgow (#COP26) has no plans to address the emissions coming from our food and agriculture system which is responsible for close to 34% of our global greenhouse gases? The best solution is to tax meat & dairy.
Room: PC2 Durdle Door, Area D – Ground Floor – Blue Zone SEC Building Glasgow (Finnieston str.).
More info: Jeroom Remmers, director TAPP Coalition, email@example.com 0031 6 22 40 77 12 https://tappcoalition.eu and https://futurefoodprice.org
Global Alliance companies & NGO’s ask 50 nations: start carbon pricing meat
Amsterdam, 31th October - Today, a global alliance of 5000 companies and NGO’s in over 100 countries asked 50 presidents of countries with the largest per capita meat consumption, to announce carbon pricing food policies during or after the UN Climate conference COP26 in Glasgow. In an Open Letter sent today, they ask 35 rich OECD countries and 15 meat-loving countries like China and Brazil to start pricing meat and dairy, and to reduce taxes on low carbon vegetables, fruit and plant-based meat. The Open Letter is published on https://futurefoodprice.org/ and is supported by the Youth Organisation of the COP26 Conference: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BSVwXrQoeyLfdP_S_bYUAmZUvWDYyEwkVXJhpR2Pvgk/edit
According to FAO, per capita meat consumption levels are highest in the USA, at 124 kg meat/year, followed by Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Brazil, Spain, Israel, Portugal, Poland and Germany in the top 10 meat eaters. List of 50 countries with highest meat consumption (FAO) in: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/meat-supply-per-person
Meat and dairy responsible for nearly 20% of all greenhouse gases worldwide
That is as much as all CO2-emissions from the US and Russia combined, or all CO2-emissions from England, France, Germany, Poland, South Korea, Australia, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Iran! A UN report wrote that 34 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions is related to the food system . Another report from Illinois University recently found that nearly 60% of food related greenhouse gas emissions are from meat (and dairy), which equals with 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
“The fact that meat and dairy cause 20% of global GHG-emissions is a very good reason to start taxing meat and dairy, to reduce (over)consumption in rich countries and reduce emissions related to meat and dairy,” said prof. Vellinga, Chair of True Animal Protein Price Coalition (TAPP). “If governments don’t tax meat and dairy, consumption will rise and in 2050 80 percent of global GHG-emissions will come from meat and dairy alone” (see graphic below). TAPP Coalition is a new global NGO asking EU governments and the EU Commission to start taxing meat and dairy and reduce taxes for healthy food. They successfully petitioned the EU Parliament to include an amendment to the Green Deal for Food on October 19th, asking for a 0% VAT tax on healthy food and the highest VAT tariff for food products with negative impacts on climate or public health (like red and processed meat).
The Open Letter to 50 presidents is signed mostly by organizations in 18 European countries, but also in the USA (11), South America (6), Africa (3), China (3), rest of Asia (6), Australia/New Zealand (6), and 19 international organizations, who represent 5000 companies and NGO’s. Signatories include Greenpeace Sweden, Ecopreneur.eu (3000 businesses in 7 EU countries), Triodos Bank (6 European countries), BioSuperMarkt Germany, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation (31 countries), Youth Climate Save (80 countries), YOUNGO (Agri-Youth Constituency to UNFCCC), and Youth for Climate and Fridays for Future in different countries. The Open Letter is an initiative of True Animal Protein Price Coalition (9 countries), based in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
More info: Jeroom Remmers, director TAPP Coalition, firstname.lastname@example.org 0031 6 22 40 77 12 https://tappcoalition.eu
PRESENCE IN GLASGOW CARBON PRICING FOOD CAMPAIGN
• November 1st 11.30-13h CET handing over Open Letter to representatives Member States
• November 3rd 11 h CET Carbon Pricing Food Coalition Street Protest in Glasgow
• November 8th 17-18 CET Carbon Pricing Food presentation in EU Commission facilitated event
More info about side events & registration : https://tappcoalition.eu/nieuws
Recordings of events, see:: https://tappcoalition.eu/nieuws/17196/tapp-coalition-side-event-program-cop26-1-8-november-
Articles written about TAPP Coalition or its advocacy for meat taxes during the COP26:
Youth representatives in Glasgow, supporting the Carbon Pricing Food Campaign:
Youth for Climate, Bart Hemmes email@example.com
or Dione Zijp: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fridays for Future, Ianthe Minnaert: email@example.com
Students for Tomorrow, Femke Hermans firstname.lastname@example.org
The (Dutch) Young Climate Movement, chairperson Aniek Moonen email@example.com
YOUNGO spokesperson is Elizabeth Gulugulu, she also speaks in Glasgow
About the TAPP Coalition
The True Animal Protein Price Coalition, is a new international organization based in Amsterdam, with 60 partners (eg. farmers, youth, food companies, health-, environmental- and animal welfare groups). We are committed to policy advocacy for paying the 'real' price of food, including the costs for the environment, health and animal welfare, starting with meat and dairy. The revenues of a higher, fair meat price can be used for three things:
• Payments to farmers for sustainable agriculture, climate, nature and animal welfare
• reduction of VAT or subsidies on vegetables, fruit, nuts, potatoes, plant-based meat
• compensation of lower income groups for the higher price of meat.
What have we achieved in the past year?
see: https://tappcoalition.eu/nieuws and our annual report 2020 https://tappcoalition.eu/images/Annual-Report-TAPP-Coalition-2020-1622016366.pdf
• EU Commission Farm to Fork Strategy: EU tax system and food prices should reflect the real costs of pollution
• Dutch government proposal for true pricing meat presented to Dutch parliament
• True meat prices in the EU welcomed by EU-commission and EU-consumer