To address the high consumption of meat, the EU is currently reviewing a tax on meat. The reason the EU is reviewing the issue is because of the emission of greenhouse gas from animal agriculture. The effort is beginning in Sweden, and Swedish official hope to make this a EU policy. Meat is popular among Swedish – and European – consumers. Last year Swedes consumed 191 pounds of meat, but Marit Paulsen, a Swedish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and vice president of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee, said that she would like to see meat consumption in the Scandinavian country drop to 99 to 110 pounds per person annually. The other purpose for the meat tax is to help avert an impending disaster of access to fresh water.