Taxes that are returned to livestock farmers may hold the key to sustainable agriculture


The Cattle Site

20 July 2021


Under the right conditions, income from taxes on meat products that is returned to livestock farmers by the government can make the livestock farming sector more sustainable, according to a new study from Wageningen University.


To be effective, it should also make use of chain arrangements such as the Beter Leven (better life) quality mark and sustainable funding.


Good collaboration between the government and the sector is also crucial. This was demonstrated in research by Wageningen University & Research, conducted at the request of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV).


Research into increasing the sustainability of the meat sector does not always cover all sustainability objectives. Wageningen University has now researched how to price meat in a way that can lead to economic sustainability (a fair price), social sustainability (public health, animal welfare), and ecological sustainability (decreased land use, biodiversity). One sustainability objective, such as animal welfare, should not lead to deterioration in a different area, such as decreasing nitrogen load.


The pricing of meat is not an objective, but a means for change. Meat has a worse impact on the environment than other products. Eating too much meat is also unhealthy.


Combination of measures ...


Tax on meat ...