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Flatulence tax

Date Published: 20/05/2008

The Estonian government has apparently become the first to tax its farmers for the methane and CO2 emitted by their cows. Now, we know governments will stop at nothing to get their hands on tax income but this seems to be a tricky one to get the head around.

Estonian farmers could cut down their herds, or even give up beef and dairy – but then a lot of Estonians would probably starve…

We’re all conscious of the need to control ’emissions’, though you can’t help but think we should be targeting some of the less natural sources first. One can only hope the Estonian government is putting every single Kroon (for that, apparently, is their currency) back into environmental projects, not into building more roads!!!