A petition, started by environmental campaign group Swedish Food and Environment Information (SMMI), to introduce a tax on meat has garnered more than 7,000 signatures.
A new working group has now been formed by the minister for strategy and future issues Kristina Persson to investigate how a meat tax could be used to encourage more sustainable food consumption.
Support from politicians
SMMI spokesman Toivo Jokkala told MTJ the environmental organisation’s petition had drawn support from several politicians and said the idea of introducing a tax on meat had in recent years gone from “science fiction to something that political bodies and the media are starting to talk about in an open way”.
He said he remained realistic about the low possibility of a meat tax actually being introduced, but said the formation of the working group was a “huge step for a political party to put the idea of meat taxation in their programme”.