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Cow burp tax: climate change solution?

Cattle are perfect in New Zealand.

New Zealand's volcanic soils are perfect for grass-munching cattle.

Grass-fed beef exports well.

So, New Zealand's top export is free-range, grass-fed beef. Why tax cow burps?

Cow burps are taxed—why?

New Zealand's Environment Ministry states, "New Zealand's agricultural production boosts methane and nitrous oxide gross emissions. 

Climate changers?

Hence, New Zealand agriculture is one of the major contributors to climate change. The Ministry for the Environment intends to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 by taxing cow burps.

It's absurd to tax suburbs.

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, and New Zealand has many cows.

Burping cows release a potent greenhouse gas.

The digestive processes of the cattle — basically, their burps — emit a potent greenhouse gas called methane.

New Zealand taxes differ.

Pannett notes that the cow burp tax will vary depending on farm size, cattle, fertilizers, and emission reduction efforts.


New Zealand wants to cut methane emissions by 47%.

In 2050, the cow burp tax is expected to cut livestock methane emissions by 47% in New Zealand.

Cow burps and farts: how bad?

Yet, are cow burps and farts really bad? Is our environment really polluted?

150 nations aim to cut cattle methane.

150 governments have pledged to minimize methane emissions from agricultural, fossil fuel infrastructure, and natural gas pipelines.

15% of global greenhouse gases

Livestock emit 15% of global greenhouse gases, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization.

Greenpeace claims European cattle pollute more than cars.

In 2020, Greenpeace said that Europe's meat and dairy cattle emitted more greenhouse gases than all its cars.

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