NZ Farmers Gas About Sheep Flatulence Pollution Law

Fears that methane curb could ruin farms
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 8, 2008 5:32 AM CDT
New Zealand is cracking down on livestock gas emissions.   (Index Stock)
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(Newser) – In its quest to be the first carbon-neutral country, New Zealand is cracking down on methane emissions--and that means regulating the gas released by livestock, the Los Angeles Times reports. Farmers are worried a government proposal to fine them if their livestock exceed greenhouse-gas limits could leave many bankrupt—a particular problem as the world faces a food crisis.

“There's no other country in the world that's so clean of chimney stacks that its animals are the biggest polluters," said the head of a major farmers’ organization. "It's an ironic situation."