In New Zealand, farmers must pay a tax on the burping of their cows and sheep in an attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Cow and sheep burps could be taxed as part of a new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions blamed on global warming.
The proposal would make New Zealand, a major agricultural exporter, the first country to force farmers to pay for livestock emissions.
The country has five million people, but about ten million cattle and 26 million sheep.
Nearly half of New Zealand’s emissions, mostly methane, come from agriculture, but the agricultural industry has previously been exempted from such efforts to combat global warming.
According to the plan, farmers will have to pay for gas emissions from 2025.
“There is no doubt that we need to reduce the amount of methane we emit into the atmosphere, and an effective emissions pricing system for agriculture will play a key role in how we achieve this,” said Climate Change Secretary James Shaw. .
But consumers are likely to be the ones to shoulder the costs, with warnings that the price of meat will rise.
The final decision on the scheme is expected in December.
Follow us in: Telegram