THE Australian government has blasted an Oxford University study calling for a tax on red meat to cover health costs.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud says the university’s idea shows just how irrelevant these institutions are becoming.
The Oxford University report said a tax on red and processed meats would save lives and reduce healthcare costs
Littleproud says the taxation idea apparently is because the World Health Organisation says eating huge amounts of red meat has the potential to cause cancer.
“Comparing red meat to cigarettes is ridiculous, these institutions aren’t living in the real world but instead make findings without a lead of reality,” Littleproud says.
“Red meat is essential to a healthy diet.
“This is yet another attempt from the PC (politically correct) crowd to tell Australians how they should live their lives. You have to question who commissioned this report.”
Littleproud says suggestions a red meat tax would result in less overweight people are garbage.
“Government shouldn’t dictate diet,” he says. “Government’s role is to give people the relevant information and let them choose for themselves.”
People have to take responsibility for what they put in their mouths, not the government, Littleproud says.
“I don’t tell people what they should eat. People can make up their own minds and government should stay out of their lives.”.