Saturday, December 06, 2008

Cow Tax To Lower Greenhouse Gases?

The Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. has proposed taxes to prevent Greenhouse Gas Emissions. , as the Associated Press reports.

But the American Farm Bureau Federation said, based on federal agriculture department figures, it would require farms or ranches with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs to pay an annual fee of about $175 for each dairy cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and $20 for each hog.
The executive vice president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, Ken Hamilton, estimated the fee would cost owners of a modest-sized cattle ranch $30,000 to $40,000 a year. He said he has talked to a number of livestock owners about the proposals, and "all have said if the fees were carried out, it would bankrupt them."
Sparks said Wednesday he's worried the fee could be extended to chickens and other farm animals and cause more meat to be imported.

Bovine belches have been a bizarre fixation in many countries in the world. Alas, Agriculture and Agrifood Canada is no different. Even more surprising, the Canadian Cattlemen's Association co-sponsors the research and thinks it's great!

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