New Zealand scraps plan to tax cow burps and farts

New Zealand scraps plan to tax cow burps and farts
New Zealand scraps plan to tax cow burps and farts

The New Zealand center-right government announced on Tuesday that it was abandoning its controversial plan to tax greenhouse gas emissions through the burps and farts of livestock, which did not go down well with breeders.

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“The government is committed to meeting our climate change obligations, without closing farms,” New Zealand Agriculture Minister Todd McClay said.

A new law will be presented to Parliament this month to exclude the agricultural sector from a new emissions pricing plan.

“It is absurd to have to relocate jobs and means of production, while less carbon-efficient countries produce the food that the world needs,” added the minister.

Around six million cows and 26 million sheep graze in New Zealand. Just under half of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, with livestock being the main culprit.

Cattle burps and flatulence release methane, while cattle urine releases nitrous oxide into the atmosphere.

The previous Labor government, led by Jacinda Ardern, unveiled this project targeting farm animals in October 2022, which had aroused the ire of breeders, in the hope of achieving the objective of zero greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse by 2050.

The new center-right government, meanwhile, wants to help farmers reduce emissions through technology, without reducing production or exports, the agriculture minister said.

On Sunday, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources declared his intention to reverse the ban on new oil and gas exploration decided in 2018, which provoked outrage from the opposition and defense groups. ‘environment.

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