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Verdict from the meat tax trial

The Food Ethics Council recently debated whether there should be a tax on meat as part of their Food Policy on Trial series. Here's the verdict.

Food Policy on Trial logo. Photo credit: Food Ethics Council

Food Policy on Trial logo. Photo credit: Food Ethics Council

For those who were unable to attend the mock trial of meat tax by the Food Ethics Council (who are part of the Sustain alliance) there are resources available to follow the event.

You can listen to an audio recording, read the speeches from the expert witnesses and the final jury verdict.

The Meat Tax on Trial was the first in a series in which aspects of food policy will be put 'on trial'; the next event will be in the autumn. The Food Ethics Council would like to hear your thoughts on which emerging food and farming policies they should put in the dock. Please share your ideas with them on twitter using the hashtag #FoodPolicyonTrial or by emailing

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Published 7 Jul 2019

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