New Zealand’s proposal for a so-called fart tax may sound lighthearted, but it’s been met with outrage from one of the country’s biggest industries.
The world-first policy will begin charging farmers for agricultural emissions—including the methane burped out by cows and sheep as well as the nitrous oxide found in livestock urine—in some form by 2025.
A consultation on the plans was launched on Tuesday, and will end Nov. 18.
Ardern, who heads up New Zealand’s Labour Party, has pledged to reduce methane emissions by 10% by 2030 and make the country carbon neutral by 2050.
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