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Germany wants to scrap VAT on vegetables

German agriculture minister Cem Özdemir has proposed lowering value-added tax (VAT) on fruit and vegetables to zero, Euractiv reports. The aim is to compensate for inflation and provide incentives for healthier diets. German men eat the fewest vegetables in all of Europe.

To create a shift to more plant-based diets, additional efforts may be needed, experts tell Euractiv. This could include higher VAT on meat, improving communal catering or better education on healthy diets.

Spain has already abolished VAT on fruit and vegetables, along with several other staple foods such as bread, flour, milk, cheese, eggs and cereals.

Source: Euractive 11 January 2023

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