Story: Farming and the environment

The ‘fart tax’

The ‘fart tax’

In 2003 the government proposed introducing a tax on all livestock for their methane emissions. Misleadingly labelled the ‘fart tax’ (the ‘burp tax’ would have been more accurate), it was vehemently opposed by the farming industry and was subsequently withdrawn. Here, one cow’s question to the other about the tax elicits a negative response.

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Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, 'Farming and the environment - Biodiversity and greenhouse gas changes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, published 24 Nov 2008