As Food Prices Skyrocket, New Zealand Introduces an Agricultural Methane Tax

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From Watts Up With That?

Essay by Eric Worrall

New Zealand is in a food crisis. Food prices jumped 11.3% over the last 12 months, many families are struggling. The government response is punitive climate taxes and regulations on food production.

How New Zealand plans to tackle climate change: Taxing cow burps

Story by Rachel Pannett
Photography by Cameron James McLaren
Feb. 1 at 6:30 a.m.

His pedigree cows rank among New Zealand’s most productive cattle, the result of careful breeding and quality grazing land. Millions of years of volcanic activity in the area have created rich soils ideal for this kind of free-range, grass-fed farming, helping turn dairy cows into the country’s biggest export earners.

But the digestive processes of the livestock — basically, their burps — emit a powerful greenhouse gas called methane, and as a result, agriculture makes up half of the country’s emissions. Now, the island nation, dubbed the Saudi Arabia of milk for its dominant role in global dairy trade, faces a reckoning over how to balance the outsize contribution that ranchers make to the economy against New Zealand’s need to meet its greenhouse gas pledges.

Some farmers will need to reduce their herds to meet those targets, which many worry could drive them out of business. Government modeling suggests that by 2030, sheep and beef revenue would drop by around 20 percent — making many farms nonviable.

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The New Zealand food crisis;

Food prices skyrocket: Largest annual increase in 32 years as inflation bites hard

By John Weekes
19 Jan, 2023 07:49 AM

Food prices jumped 1.1 per cent in December and were 11.3 per cent higher than a year earlier.

Grocery food prices were up 11 per cent, fruit and vegetable prices up 23 per cent, and restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food 7.8 per cent.

The Act Party today blamed Labour for the rising food prices.

“The Government should stop smothering food producers with bureaucracy and nonsensical rules.”

Foodstuffs said the tight labour market, increasing wages, weaker NZ dollarincreasing fertiliser costs for suppliers, and the upcoming end to fuel subsidies were also influencing prices.

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Socialists always find a way to kill agricultural production. 

The US baby formula shortage was due to government meddling.

In Netherlands, socialist politicians ordered police to shoot at farmers, to enforce draconian climate action inspired fertiliser rules. 

Sri Lankan socialists caused a food crisis and economic crash, by implementing country wide organic farming, banning imports of fertiliser and agricultural chemicals, a move which at the time was celebrated by Western greens.

Climate change is just the latest socialist excuse for meddling.

Their endless interference, taxes and pointless regulations, the conceited bureaucratic conviction that they know better than people who work the land or manage the factories, always eventually breaks something important, like people’s ability to buy enough food to feed themselves.