Despite the progress mankind has made in centuries past that people enjoy today, political elites still want to make our lives a living hell.
Last week, the government proposed a new farm levy as part of a plan to tackle climate change. The government said it would be a world first, and that farmers should be able to recoup the cost by charging more for climate-friendly products.
Because farming is so big in New Zealand — there are 10 million beef and dairy cattle and 26 million sheep, compared to just 5 million people — about half of all greenhouse gas emissions come from farms. Methane from burping cattle makes a particularly big contribution.
But some farmers argue the proposed tax would actually increase global greenhouse gas emissions by shifting farming to countries less efficient at making food.
Apparently, Kiwi farmers had been trying to work with the government for two years to come up with a proposal to reduce emissions but would not affect food production. NBC News says the farmers were vital to keeping New Zealand’s economy afloat during pandemic lockdowns.
But, despite the farmers being crucial to New Zealand’s economy, Jacinda Ardern’s government seems determined to enact the tax anyway which, in turn, will adversely affect the country’s food supply. Environmentalists, not surprisingly, say the proposal doesn’t go far enough.
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