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Over time, animal activists and environmentalists have made calls to put a tax on meat. What effect would that have? To find out, we estimated the impacts that a retail-level greenhouse gas (GHG) tax on meat would have on livestock and grain markets.

The research used a multimarket economic model that integrates the beef, pork, and poultry markets with the corn, distillers’ grain, soybean, soymeal, and ethanol markets. For GHG taxes, we used those provided by Springman et al. based on an emission price (social cost) of $52 per metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent estimated by EPA. Emissions by meat type include land use, feed production, livestock production, processing, and transport.

Using emission intensities of 26.83 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent emitted per pound of beef produced, 5.75 pounds for pork, and 5.33 pounds for poultry, the carbon dioxide equivalent taxes as percentages of 10-year USDA retail price averages (2007-2016)  are 13.19%, 3.98%, and 7.52%, respectively. The percent tax for poultry is higher than that of pork because poultry is cheaper per pound, so the tax makes up a greater percentage of the price.

Implementation of the tax, using the same 10-year price averages as baselines, results in an increase in the price of beef by 6.95% and a decline in beef consumption by 3.31%. For pork, the price rises by 3.67% and consumption declines by 0.42%. For poultry, the price increases by 6.12% and consumption declines by 0.38%.

This implies that beef consumption would be more heavily impacted by a GHG tax than pork or poultry. The price of slaughter cattle at the feedlot level declines by 1.48%.

In general, grain markets are minimally affected, with the price of corn decreasing by 0.14% and corn usage decreasing by 0.04%, for example.

Taxing beef, pork, and poultry at retail is estimated to reduce U.S. GHG emissions by 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. This would reduce total U.S. emissions by 0.17%, which is commensurate to taking 2.3 million cars off the road each year. This is approximately equivalent to 7% of cars registered in 2018.

The research was funded by a competitive grant from the Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

WASHINGTON /PRNewswire/ — Eating breakfast is linked to a more nutritious diet, and including more of certain foods – like milk, yogurt, fruit and whole grains – is linked to the highest-quality diets of all, according to a study in the journal Nutrients.

In fact, researchers found that breakfast alone supplies about 20% of daily calories while providing more than 20% of key nutrients, like calcium, potassium and vitamin D. These are among the nutrients that Americans, including kids, are most often lacking. Did you know that one out of two children ages nine and older are falling short on calcium, vitamin D and potassium, and 75 percent of kids younger than nine are falling short on vitamin D and potassium? These nutrients are critical for kids’ growth.

An 8 ounce glass of real dairy milk includes B vitamins for energy, high-quality protein for lean muscle, vitamin A for a healthy immune system and five bone-building nutrients, including calcium, potassium and vitamin D.

“Serving your kids a nourishing breakfast with milk is an easy way to set them up for a great day. Dairy milk is the top food source for calcium, vitamin d and potassium – important nutrients that many kids don’t get enough of,” said board certified and practicing pediatrician, Dr. Ilan Shapiro. “I remind parents that serving a nutritious breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult, whether you are on the go or savoring the moment, simply adding a glass of milk can instantly boost the nutritional value of your meal,” added Dr. Shapiro.

For breakfast inspiration, like these delicious enfrijoladas, made by Chef Claudette Zepeda and more information on the important role of real dairy milk in a balanced diet, please visit FuertesConLehe.com.

About MilkPEP

The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, DC, is funded by the nation’s milk companies, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. The MilkPEP Board runs the Leche. Amor por lo verdadero campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate consumers about the powerful nutritional benefits of milk – with 9 essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, in each 8 ounce glass. For more information, go to fuertesconleche.com. sociedAD/Campbell Ewald is creative agency for the campaign – from America’s milk companies.