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Finland urges EU to consider banning Brazilian beef over Amazon fires

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    HoolaBoola
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    It'll be interesting to see if this leads to anything. The whole EU suddenly banning Brazilian beef would certainly make Bolsonaro and his government consider their decisions again.

    It'll be interesting to see if this leads to anything. The whole EU suddenly banning Brazilian beef would certainly make Bolsonaro and his government consider their decisions again.

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    1. mrbig
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      For sure. That would be a smart sanction. The "meat producers" (I don't know the precise term in English) are among his most fervent supporters, and the ones most interested in burning down the...

      For sure. That would be a smart sanction. The "meat producers" (I don't know the precise term in English) are among his most fervent supporters, and the ones most interested in burning down the Amazon to clear more land for cattle.

      Incidentally, people protested against the burnings all day near my apartment.

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    patience_limited
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    From the standpoint of CO2 emissions and sustainability, it would make sense to bar meat exports globally. Most of the exporting countries' beef and pork markets are artificially subsidized to...

    From the standpoint of CO2 emissions and sustainability, it would make sense to bar meat exports globally. Most of the exporting countries' beef and pork markets are artificially subsidized to prop up grain prices, and there are other externalized costs like land clearing (as in the Amazon), or pesticide and antibiotic abuse. Meat consumption should be expensive and rare, not an engine of national economic growth.

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      HoolaBoola
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      Not to speak of the fact that for some reason, it's become somewhat of an expectation that you have to eat meat at least 7 times a week, when even fifty or hundred years back, meat was eaten much...

      Not to speak of the fact that for some reason, it's become somewhat of an expectation that you have to eat meat at least 7 times a week, when even fifty or hundred years back, meat was eaten much less.

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        mrbig
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        Meat was eaten much less, for sure. But not by choice. It was considered a prized delicacy of the rich that everyone desired. If given the choice the average person would eat as much as we do.

        Meat was eaten much less, for sure. But not by choice. It was considered a prized delicacy of the rich that everyone desired. If given the choice the average person would eat as much as we do.

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