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New Zealand may tax farm animal burps






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New Zealand wants a tax on burping and farting sheep and cows. Burping and farting creates a lot of methane. This is a damaging greenhouse gas. The new "burp tax" would start in 2025. New Zealand has over 26 million sheep. New Zealand says it needs to cut the amount of methane it puts into the atmosphere.

Farming and burping cows make up 14.5 per cent of greenhouse gasses. Farmers will change how they farm. Cows may have to eat seaweed instead of grass to lower emissions. They may also have to wear masks. Farmers will also plant more trees. New Zealand's farmers support this. They want to help the environment.

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