Flat White New Zealand

Ardern’s cow tax set to destroy NZ farming

12 June 2022

4:30 PM

12 June 2022

4:30 PM

After Friday’s joint press conference between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, it is painfully clear that wherever New Zealand goes – Australia will obediently trail along after.

In this case, domestic agricultural industries are set to be sacrificed on the altar of ‘Climate Change’ for – as far as anyone can tell – no scientific reason at all, given our collective emissions are too small to make a difference.

Regardless, both leaders have declared their undying love for ‘Net Zero’ and a shared devout belief in catastrophic Climate Change (albeit only when it suits policy).

New Zealand has announced that there is an ‘urgent need’ to deliver on so-called Carbon reduction plans – and it will come in the form of tax – naturally. (They’re socialists.)

Australians should be worried about Ardern’s so-called ‘backdoor cow tax’ which is designed to hit farmers for the emissions produced by their cows and sheep. It marks a world-first livestock tax and stands as a truly reckless idea when the world is teetering on the edge of a food crisis. The details are being worked out for a December deadline with the tax expected to hit in 2025.

Fresh from asking hundreds of thousands of Americans to jet across the Pacific emitting who-knows how many CO2 emissions to prop up the tourist industry, Ardern and her Climate Change Minister now insist that it is essential something be done about methane. Yes, getting rid of animals and plants is now part of the ‘climate friendly’ trend to – uh – make the Earth greener? You don’t even get points for maintaining a bird-breeding wetland anymore as they are considered ‘problematic’ for methane emissions.

‘There is no question that we need to cut the amount of methane we are putting into the atmosphere, and an effective emissions pricing system for agriculture will play a key part in how we achieve that,’ said James Shaw, New Zealand’s Minister for Climate Change.

The existence of a Climate Change Minister is a huge part of the problem. In order to justify his role, he sits around creating taxation and green tape.


This particular tax was birthed from recommendations handed down in the He Waka Eke Noa report which describes it as, ‘a farm-level split-gas levy on agricultural emissions with built-in incentives to reduce emissions and sequester carbon’.

If you don’t like the idea of taxation, New Zealand is also working on a ‘methane vaccine’, according Jeremy Hill, chairman of the Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium.

‘That would be the big breakthrough because in theory, a vaccine could be implemented in any animal production system. This would make a real game-changing difference to the world.’

It would definitely be a game changer, but not in a good way. Considering the way our governments behaved the last time we put them in charge of vaccines, it’s not clear the public has the stomach for round two with the food industry.

‘In order to reduce our emissions, we’ve got a lot of work to do,’ added James Shaw.

During the interview, Shaw let slip the government’s intention to permanently alter the look of agriculture. This is Big State meddling in private land and business common in collectivist nations. New Zealand’s Labour Party is using the stick of legislation to destroy businesses it doesn’t like and direct profits into the hands of individuals it does.

‘You’ve got to have options, so, you could crank up the ETS price [Emissions Trading Scheme also known as a Carbon Tax] – make petrol very expensive – but people on low incomes wouldn’t have an option to be able to switch to something else. So you’d have a whole swag of society whose bills would go up, but they don’t have access to walking or cycling or public transport, and they can’t afford the upfront cost of an electric vehicle. All they’re stuck with is a really high bill. Your emissions don’t go down, but you’re impoverishing people. You’ve got to invest in making those options available to people so that the ETS price can do its job by having people switch their behaviour to other options.’

Which is an admission of New Zealand using the ETS tax system to manipulate consumers and the market by artificially tilting the board away from merit.

‘It’s important that we uphold the international system and create pressure on others.’

‘Pressure’ is certainly what Ardern appeared to be applying to Albanese on Friday.

New Zealand, like Australia, has a thriving meat export market – not to mention its world-famous reliance on sheep. We’ll leave it to Ricky Gervais to make the inappropriate jokes, but let’s just say that the farming industry is likely to suffer under any sort of punishing climate tax.

Climate Change shills will insist that ‘half the country’s emissions come from farming’, but they are slow to point out that New Zealand is a green, sparsely populated pair of islands that only contribute to so-called ‘Climate Change’ when their supervolcano coughs.

A tax on New Zealand’s (or indeed, Australia’s) agriculture will make ‘net zero’ difference to the composition of the atmosphere, but it will collapse the economics of the region and turn once-self sustaining nations into parasites, leaving them in a fragile geopolitical situation where they will have no choice but to bow and scrape in front of China.

It’s no wonder that Beijing is encouraging Ardern to thunder down the Net Zero route. They want New Zealand to make nothing, do nothing, and ‘be happy’.

If any farmers manage to survive the Climate Change tax, the cost of lamb, beef, and other produce is set to climb – adding to what Ardern has already described as a ‘cost of living crisis’. Why would government ministers deliberately act to increase the price of food in this situation?

Ardern isn’t alone, Climate Change taxes are being hurled at agricultural industries around the world, almost as if the global bureaucracies fuelling apocalyptic climate rhetoric are purposely trying to destroy cheap, privately-run agriculture in favour of pushing profits toward chemical companies working in the industry, pharmaceutical companies involved in lab-grown meat replacements, and the few remaining mega-farms owned by billionaires.

With productive land increasingly falling into the hands of companies rather than citizens, the market forces that used to regulate quality and price are collapsing into a monopoly. Carbon taxes – which corporations can afford – are set to destroy the last generational farmers and their communities.

Taxing farmers in a food crisis and punishing them for generating food is the perfect example of why socialist governments end up starving their people.

They place ideology and ‘virtue’ ahead of reality.

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