The irrational war on human carbon emissions now threatens the cattle industry with serious collateral damage. If carbon emissions are bad for the planet, as alleged by the global warming alarmists, then in the matter of being environmental sinners, cows are almost as bad as humans. By her belching and flatulence, ol’ Betsy produces about 200 litres of methane per day. This means that cattle produce more greenhouse gas than the entire human transport system. No “carbon pollution reduction schemes” can afford to ignore the problem of methane emitted from both ends of a cow.
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Environmental authorities (both appointed and self-appointed) are now saying that cattle must eventually be included in any equitable carbon trading scheme. The Kiwis across the Tasman have already dubbed this the “Fart Tax.” If carbon emissions were to be traded at $40 per ton, this would amount to a $70 p.a. impost on each head of cattle. This would make paying GST for your meat look like paying peanuts….ah forget it, why not become a vegetarian and eat peanuts instead? But if flatulence must now be reckoned with in global warming, why not ban baked beans?
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