In an apparent backdoor attempt to tax meat, the belches and farts of cattle and sheep are to be taxed by New Zealand’s left-wing government in what they claim is going to save the world.
Jacinda Ardern’s left-wing Labor government has drawn up proposals to tax farmers’ methane emissions from cows and sheep in what would be the world’s first green tax on livestock.
“There is no question that we need to reduce the amount of methane we put into the atmosphere, and an effective carbon pricing system for agriculture will play a key role in how we do that,” said Government Climate Change Minister James Shaw , by The Telegraph.
Home to 5 million people, New Zealand is a net exporter of meat, with about 10 million cows and 26 million sheep grazing on pastures.
Around half of the country’s emissions come from agriculture, mostly from the methane produced by belching or flatulence from cows and sheep. Previously, agriculture was exempt from the government’s carbon emissions trading schemes.
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But despite large livestock, the Pacific island nation ranks only 74th in the world in terms of carbon emissions and accounts for just 0.09 percent of global emissions, meaning such a tax is likely to have negligible impact on what is said to be human caused climate would have change.
However, the tax will likely serve to increase the cost of lamb and beef in New Zealand and in the countries the meat is exported to, with farmers likely to pass the additional costs on to consumers.
The draft proposal, which is due to come into effect by 2025, is expected to be finalized by December.
The socialist government’s move comes amid sweeping efforts by governments and globalist institutions to push people away from meat. The UK has also discussed levying border taxes on meat and dairy products under Prime Minister Boris Johnson to help tackle climate change.
Institutions like the World Economic Forum, which has long advocated bug-eating, recently called for the widespread adoption of veganism and the consumption of “climate-friendly foods” like seaweed and seaweed.
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