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2020 Dem Yang Says He’ll Get People to Stop Eating Meat by Taxing Producers to Make It More Expensive

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang is sharing his plan on how he’ll get people to cut down on their meat consumption to combat climate change.

During Thursday’s climate change forum hosted by MSNBC, the 2020 Democrat was asked by an audience member about “what policy adjustments” he’d make to “curb expansion and reduce the environmental impact of the cattle industry” in order to “reduce demand.”

While noting the cattle industry is “energy expensive,” Yang said he’d want cattle producers to “internalize the cost of emissions.”

“Because if your cattle ends up polluting a lot, which they do just naturally — we don’t hate them for it, they’re just animals. […] So then what that would naturally do — and some people are going to hate this — but it’d probably make those products more expensive,” he said. “And that is appropriate because there’s a cost to producing food in that way.”

Yang continued, “And so if you were to make it more expensive, then you would end up changing consumption patterns over time.”

MSNBC’s climate forum is a two-day event held at Georgetown University where students are able to ask presidential candidates about their climate change plans.

Watch the video below:

During the last climate change town hall on CNN, Yang was asked about if American’s should change their eating habits, in which he said it would be good if they did “eat less meat.”

“So I think it would be healthy on an individual and societal level to move in that direction,” he said, adding, “But again this is a country where there is a lot of individual autonomy and so you can’t force people’s eating choices on them. All you do now is try to shape our system so that over time we evolve in a productive way.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was also among those during CNN’s town hall who said they’d consider changing laws surrounding meat consumption, as IJR previously reported.

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