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30 percent of the Dutch eat meat five to six days a week and 45 percent of the people eat meat up to four times a week, according to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics. 20 percent of meat lovers eat meat every day. According to proponents of eating less meat, these figures are not good for the climate. They want more vegetable and less animal proteins to be eaten. That would be better for the climate, because meat is responsible for 40 percent of greenhouse gases that are released during the production of the food of the average Dutch person, according to Milieu Centraal.


According to scientists from Wageningen University, VU Amsterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Groningen, the government can have a positive influence on eating less meat. They believe that the government should increase the price of meat by about 20 euro cents per ounce of chicken and a slightly higher increase for red meat. They expect that meat consumption in the Netherlands will fall by 50 percent by 2030 in this way. From, in 2019, 45.3 kg to 23.1 kg per person per year. Part of the proceeds from raising the meat price can be used to compensate households, the scientists say. They believe that the VAT rate on fruit and vegetables can be reduced from 9 to 5 percent. In this way sustainable and healthy purchasing behavior would be stimulated.


Gert Jan Oplaat, chairman of Nepluvi, the umbrella organization of poultry slaughterhouses, is not interested in price increases for meat in the Netherlands. “People are not fooled by what fanatical NGOs are shouting in The Hague. Anti-meat fanatics make a lot of noise, but the ordinary Dutchman just wants to enjoy the barbecue,” he says in De Telegraaf.

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