New Zealand’s ‘Burp Tax’ to reduce emissions from livestock

New Zeeland government decided to put a tax on the burp of cows and sheep to reduce greenhouse gases. Although this may result in cows and sheep becoming luxury products, prevention of methane to come out in the atmosphere is more than welcome, especially as it is 28 times more damaging than carbon dioxide.

New Zeeland is one of the main agricultural exporters worldwide, so it only makes sense for government officials to also think of ways to incentivize farmers to cut methane emissions and to use the additional income for research and development in the service of farmers.

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