Experts are already beginning to foreshadow all the bad things that are set to happen in 2018 and the dark years beyond, with one group of financial experts putting forward the belief that global governments will start considering a Meat Tax to attack both global warming and localised fattening.
This comes from a group of investors that trade trillions of pounds under the banner of Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return. They suggest that a meat tax could be one of a forthcoming wave of "sin taxes" akin to the UK's lame sugary food tax, all designed to fend off the looming health crises of the future.
The group's founder Jeremy Coller said: "If policymakers are to cover the true cost of human epidemics like obesity, diabetes and cancer, and livestock epidemics like avian flu, while also tackling the twin challenges of climate change and antibiotic resistance, then a shift from subsidisation to taxation of the meat industry looks inevitable."
They reckon that within five or ten years pressure to meet the stipulations of the Paris climate agreement could lead to a war on meat and the farting cows that deliver our processed meal content. [Guardian]