Original Article: Plant-Based News

The organization says taxing meat would help shift people’s habits and make them move away from eating so much meat – which is essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A large-scale shift towards a plant-based diet is essential if we are to protect the environment, the United Nations has warned in its new Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report.

The GEO report, which is published every five-seven years, was collated by 250 scientists and experts from more than 70 countries. It considers the environmental issues threatening the planet. These include climate change, wildlife loss, and plastic pollution among other issues.

According to the UN taxing meat could help people change their diets – essential as livestock farming, which uses 77 percent of global agricultural land, is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions and the destruction of wildlife habitat. In addition, the report states that global food production must increase by 50 percent by 2050 to feed the world.