It's tax season! Time to think about how our role as citizens, taxpayers, and vegans relate!
Taxes support government spending. Government spending supports.. whatever it supports. Let's take an example: farm subsidies. Did you know that without price supports, most estimates put a pound of red meat at about $35 per pound?
That's right, the meat and dairy industries get about 74% of the federal food-based subsidies. Fruits and vegetables, the healthiest foods, get less that 1%.
And then there's SNAP; that's the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. We may not buy any meat for ourselves, but if we're paying a lot of taxes we may be buying meat for our poorer neighbors. What does this mean? Well, if you support SNAP or the idea of government-based food assistance, it gives a reason to push for reforms that reduce or remove animal products from the SNAP menu. It also gives another reason to speak out and encourage our neighbors to adopt a more plant-based way of eating.
We might also want to consider the tax-efficiency of our investments.
Here's an excellent article for vegans from last year's tax season.