Wednesday, March 13, 2013

taxes

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.

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