Netherlands: Concept of a Meat Tax Under Discussion in the Netherlands
In an evaluation of Dutch food policy published on March 29, 2022, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Henk Staghouwer, proposed to explore the possibilities of introducing a meat tax in the Netherlands. However, in subsequent discussions, Minister Staghouwer left the impression that a meat tax was not certain. On May 10, 2022, a motion of 12 political parties (including two government coalition parties) was put forward, petitioning to refrain from implementing a Dutch meat tax. With this motion proving influential in the second chamber of Dutch parliament (but not legally binding), the future of a Dutch meat tax remains unclear at this time.