Dutch Agriculture Minister Calls for Sustainability Tax

The outgoing Dutch Minister of Agriculture has backed a tax on unsustainable food with the proceeds being used to fund farmers in their efforts to improve agricultural practices and go green.  The Dutch Minister suggested that the tax might also act as a mechanism for consumers to purchase more sustainable products and lean towards organic foods.  Supporters of the tax say it is a way to fund longer term agricultural investment, but others find a sustainability tax controversial and along the lines of a sugar levy.  To date, the sustainability tax has met resistance from the food distribution sector and lacks the political support to become law.

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Posted on 22 October 2021