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New Zealand may tax farm animal burps






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New Zealand wants to start a tax to help the environment. The tax is on sheep, cows and other animals. These create a lot of methane when they burp or fart. Methane is a damaging greenhouse gas. The new "burp tax" would start in 2025. New Zealand has over 20,000 farms, 26 million sheep and 4 million cows. New Zealand's climate change minister said: "There is no question that we need to cut the amount of methane we are putting into the atmosphere."

Farming makes up 14.5 per cent of global greenhouse gasses. This comes from animals burping and farting, animal waste, clearing land and transporting animals. Farmers will have to change how they farm. Cows may have to eat seaweed instead of grass and wear masks. This will lower emissions. Farmers will also plant more trees. New Zealand's farmers support the government. They want to do their bit for the environment.

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