Skip to comments.Farmers to be taxed on livestock flatulence (New Zealand's Global Warming Wackos Alert)
Posted on 06/22/2003 2:13:48 PM PDT by DannyTN
Farmers will be taxed on the flatulence of their livestock in an attempt to slow New Zealand's contribution to global warming.
The levy could cost a typical family farmer up to $300 a year. Larger corporate farmers could pay up to $10,000.
Sheep will be levied at nine cents each and cows at up to 72 cents under the Government's proposals.
The money will be used for research on emission reductions needed to meet New Zealand's commitment to lower greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto protocol.
The new Agriculture Emissions Research body will be funded by sheep, cattle, deer and goat farmers to the tune of $8.4 million a year, which has infuriated farming organisations.
"That's overkill." Meat New Zealand chairman Jeff Grant said. "This is a public good rather than an industry good. It should be funded by the Government not farmers."
Livestock accounts for about half of New Zealand's total greenhouse gas emissions.
The emissions are caused by the complex process of digesting grass and are belched into the air.
The levy was bad news at the worst possible time for farmers suffering from a high dollar, low commodity prices and drought conditions, Grant said.
The sector was already funding its own research through the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGGRC), he said.
Less than one year old, the PGGRC is an industry body comprised of representatives from Fonterra, AgResearch, Wrightson, DeerResearch and Meat New Zealand.
Together the participants are investing $800,000 per year on emission research. The Government has supported that group by matching its investment - taking its total funding to $1.6 million.
PGGRC chairman Mark Leslie said the levy was "a real kick in the teeth for the consortium."
The latest Government recommendations simply mirrored those that the PGGRC already had in place, he said.
"The Government is basically telling the industry consortium that 'it is too little to late' after giving us less than a year to prove ourselves," he said.
Throwing money at the issue wasn't necessarily going to speed things up, he said.
Time was needed to train skilled researchers and to understand how the digestion process worked. "This is PGGRC's strategy yet the Government has decided it knows best," he said.
Agriculture minister Jim Sutton is overseas but in a statement he argued the agriculture sector had been exempted from emission charges in the climate change policy but was expected to meet the costs of research.
The Government will introduce an emissions tax for other industries in 2007.
Federated Farmers president Tom Lambie said the levy disadvantaged New Zealand farmers struggling to compete in the world markets.
"As far as I'm aware we're the only country in the world to impose a levy like this," he said.
The Government needed to stop passing the buck to rural New Zealand for the Kyoto commitments it made on behalf of all New Zealanders, he said.
Farmers will have until July 31 to voice their concerns although the Government has stressed consultation will be about how the levy is paid not if it will be paid.
It has decided against a levy on the pig and poultry sectors as these represent less than one per cent of agricultural emissions.
NZ is very restrictive of legal immigration, and enforces against illegal immigration. Interesting place--a beautiful island smug in its isolation, but awfully close to North Korea.
I was thinking, if only we could capture it. All that hot air would solve the energy crisis.
Other moves afoot include legislation for lesbians to be legal fathers; legislation drafted to ensure Maori tribes take ownership of foreshores and ocean beds and the widely known disbanding or our airforce to fund the arts The arts includes the gay vote in New Zealand. The move to tax cow farts under the feel good Kyoto Protocol will assist in the aspect of agricultural economic deconstruction. In short, the country is being taken apart by Helen Clark's Labour Party.
,,, yes it is an interesting place, but close to North Korea? Maybe politically, but about the same distance as you are to Argentina. BTW, New Zealand isn't just one island.
Really every American livestock farmer and grain producer should be thanking George Bush right now for rejecting Kyoto.
I can picture some Rat compaigning on Bush's failure to uphold Kyoto only to have some conservative bring up New Zealand's livestock flatulence tax.
,,, I'd go along with that. Where I am, we've just had the driest summer since 1968.
|So, if the farmers allow their cows to actually take a dump, does that mean firing squad at dawn?|
Any estimates yet on how much gas 40,000,000 buffalo emitted before Buffalo Bill Cody came and saved the planet?
This must be documented for a cow or sheep, you understand. Don't want anyone to be over or under charged.
Well actually that is a very good question. "Who did document how much greenhouse gas a cow produces? And did they have an agenda when they did?"
I shared that vision, and it was funny, until I realized that we probably have already paid some stupid liberal probably associated with PETA through a grant to measure this so that our beef could be taxed.
I think it means "Fire up the barbeque boys, before the revenuers get here."
,,, strange you should mention that. That's another issue. Kiwi farmers are being told to prepare to fence around streams for this very reason. Couple this to the fart tax and we've got something a bit more clever and quieter than Robert Mugabe driving people off their farms.
I don't understand. Kiwi farmers are being told to fence to prevent cows from dumping on their land? Is that a risk somehow to Kiwi's? Do Kiwi's fall to the ground and get contaminated by e-coli or something?
No, but it might be the sequel, "Silent but Deadly Spring"
Sounds like a great working title for the next Michael Moore film. Or a tag-line for This Week, with George Stuffinenvelopes...
BTW, as I continue to view your real estate pages for future purchases, I also watch the financial markets waiting for the best opportunities to buy. The NZD is up from .42/USD last summer to nearly .58/USD this summer. Are you able to export anything anymore? And then, this atrocity on your agricultural exporters!! Oh, my.
Does this fellow believe that government money is a separate entity from public money? Does he think that the government just prints the money to fund government programs with no cost to the citizens? Is this the reason that socialists keep getting elected in these countries? Can someone be that stupid?
I was thinking the Democratic National Convention, but I don't think bags would be sufficient.
Being a very non-scientific person, let me see how this mightv be accomplished.
Liberal PETA tester sneaks up behind the cow. Peta tester has an ample supply of un-inflated plastic bags and a large roll of duct tape.
Said tester surreptitiously tapes numbered plastic bag over cow's behind, almost diaper-like.
(Gawd, I need a picture of this...Registered, one of you talanted people?)
The next day PETA POOT TESTER returns, removes numbered bag and sends it to the PPTL (PETA POOT TESTER LAB) to determine exact ammount of gaseous content. There, the flatulance is seperated from the poop...
I can't go on with this!!! My mind is starting to get jelly-like!
It seems at the very least, they need a Department of Flatulence.
Make your check payable to "Department of Flatulence Revenue"
Either that or he could just pull their finger and then tax them for it.
NOTE: The following weak attempt at humor is inspired by the legislature in New Zealand who proposed introducing a tax on each head of livestock in order to come into compliance with the Kyoto Protocol.
Making his way across the yard to pet the farm dogs, he heads out towards the barn, he sees the sun just starting to break the horizon and pauses, standing alone in the pre-dawn quiet. For just a moment, he ponders his family ties to the land for the last few decades, his commitment to his loving family, and, without hesitation, heads off to the barn while smiling at the sunrise.
Just then, he sees a dust trail coming up the long road, wondering who would be coming to see him so early in the morning. Squinting a bit, still puzzled, he starts to make out the shape of a rent-a-car looking sedan. As the car pulls up in-front of him he can see the words Your loving federal government printed on the side of the door.
Gmorning guys says the farmer, to 2 people in black sunglasses, pressed suits and that funny thing stuck into their ears.
Farmer: Can I help you boys?
Kyoto collector: Sir, its 587 miles to Chicago, its dark, and were wearing sunglasses. Were on a mission from greenpea.. er um I mean your loving federal government.
Kyoto collector: Nevermind, sir.
Farmer: What seems to be the problem, boys
Kyoto collector: Its your cows, sir
Farmer: My cows? Well, Im dont mean to boast, but weve got a pretty good heard this year, we had some feed problems earlier in the summer, but we caught it early, and its a good thing we did because
(Interrupting) Kyoto collector: Give us your money
Farmer: Pardon me?
Kyoto collector: Your money, sir. give it to us.
(Tilting his hat back on his head, the farmer gives the boys his best Clint Eastwood squint)
Farmer: Now boys, I know youre just doing your job and all, but I can assure you that the wife and I have paid all our taxes in full, and oh, wait a second, are you hear to deliver my W Check?
Kyoto collector: Its not about that, sir.
Farmer: Whats it about then?
Kyoto collector: Your cows, they fart, give us your money.
(laughing) Farmer: Now boys, you know I dont have any control over that kinda thing. Hell, just last night the wife made this corn beef cabbage and, well, huh, huh let me tell ya, when the misty green haze comes, it just does! Besides, that kinda things only natural.
Kyoto collector: Its not about you, sir.
Farmer: Right, right, the cows, they fart, and you want my money.
Kyoto collector: Exactly, sir.
Farmer: What are you going to do with my money?
Kyoto collector: Give it to Fidel, sir.
Farmer: FIDEL?! What da hell?
Kyoto collector: You wouldnt understand, sir. Just give us your money, your caws, they fart.
Farmer: WELL TRY ME!
(looking down at paperwork) Kyoto collector: Well sir, it says here, that you gotta pay Cuba money because your cows fart. It says here, you have to buy "credits from developing countrys for permission to make greenhouse gas emissions.
Farmer: (Looks over his shoulder for the hidden camera, convinced Allen Funt is going to tell him that hes on candid camera)
Kyoto collector: Sir please, give us your money, your cows, they fart.
Farmer: Look boys, there must be some kind of misunderstanding here, this kinda thing has been going on for decades and
Kyoto collector: Its the planet, sir.
Farmer: Heh, heh, Which planet are you from boys?
Kyoto collector: This planet, sir.
Farmer: What about the planet?
Kyoto collector: It needs saving, sir.
Farmer: OK! (taking a deep breath) let me make sure I got this straight, boys. Molly and Bessy over there let one rip, I give you my money, you give my money to Fidel and that saves, what exactly?
Kyoto collector: The planet, sir.
Farmer: Planet Fidel???
Kyoto collector: The planet, sir.
Farmer: Now boys, the wifes family lives down in Florida, and they don't think to much of your Mr. Fidel, and I don't think they'd take to kindly to me sending this FIDEL person my money! Now Ive been in trouble with the in-laws before, and let me tell you its no treat and
(Interrupting again) Kyoto collector: Sir please, your cows, they fart, give us your money.
(Clearly frustrated) Farmer: Now boys, Im all for doin the right thing here, but I just dont understand how every time my cow farts, Fidel gets a dollar?!?
Kyoto collector: al gore said so, sir.
Farmer: al gore?!?! Get the rope! Er umm sorry boys, its just a reaction from our nations longest month. Hehe, ya know, that funny lookin feller almost stole the election! (muttering) good-for-nothing-suit stuffing-blow-hard-little-pansy he put the country through hell!
Kyoto collector: Please sir, your cows, they fart, give us your money.
Farmer: Ok now look here boys, I've gotta get to work, and I don't have time to pussy foot around here. I am not, I repeat not going to give you, or anyone else, my hard earned money just because Bessy and Molly "get a little loose". My money sure as hell aint goin to that scruffy lookin' FIDEL character neither. Now I dont care who sent ya, greenpeace this, or al gore that, but my money is MY MONEY, and you can just tell that funny lookin gore boy to just pound sand! You taking my money is not going to save any planet, with the possible exception of the one al gore is from, now good day! I said good day, boys.
,,, LOL! No worries, you didn't.
|Well, there are other more humane ways...|
This was in response to thoughts I've heard expressed in this country (USA) that somehow government "creates" money to fund all these whims and as long as Uncle Sam is not actually back there pickpocketing us, the fruits of our labor are safe.