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German Federal Health Minister Calls for 80% Cut in Meat Consumption

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In an interview with Der Spiegel, The German Federal Health Minister Prof. Dr. Karl Lauterbach has suggested that initiatives should be introduced to dramatically cut meat consumption in the country.

Lauterbach said this would be essential in order to meet sustainability targets, suggesting that meat should be taxed to make it less affordable and alt-meat products should be subsidised.

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Prof. Dr. Karl Lauterbach. © German Federal Ministry of Health

But unlike many politicians, Lauterbach also referenced the animal welfare and health issues associated with meat. He pointed out that the poorest in society tend to eat the most cheap meat, leading to high rates of cardiovascular disease and bowel cancer among this population.


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