Farmers face paying tax on BURPS from their cows and sheep in bid to slash greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand

Cow and sheep burps may be taxed in a novel plan to cut greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

The proposal would make New Zealand, a large agricultural exporter, the first country to make farmers pay for emissions from livestock.

The country has a population of five million but about ten million cattle and 26 million sheep.

The animals’ belching and flatulence is a major source of greenhouse gases.

Nearly half New Zealand’s emissions, mainly methane, come from agriculture but the farming industry has previously been exempted from such attempts to combat global warming.

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