We tax cigarettes and alcohol, in part to discourage their consumption, so why not tax meat? After all, bacon gives you cancer, cows cause climate change, and eating less meat could save us trillions of dollars. That’s why the Danish Council of Ethics recommends taxing beef.

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McDonald’s Corp. is set to supersize its burgers in the United Kingdom. While not exactly returning to the long-scrapped gut-busting portions of yore, the fast-food chain is expected to roll out a brand of premium burgers with thicker patties in the U.K. aimed at keeping up with competition like Byron and Shake Shack, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

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Americans’ love affair with beef is fizzling.

In the U.S., a country known for drive-thru burger joints and over-sized steaks, demand for the meat on a per-person basis is slumping to the lowest in more than four decades. With consumers bracing themselves for another slow patch in the economy, shoppers are increasingly choosing cheaper pork and chicken as alternatives.

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