The burps and flatulence of Danish domesticated cows and pigs are likely to
cost farmers a fortune if the Tax Commission’s proposal to tax methane gas
emissions is adopted, according to Dagbladet Holstebro-Struer.
Steen Nørgaard, a farmer near Holstebro in Jutland, can expect an annual
increase in costs of one million kroner.
“I’d be paying DKK 535,000 (EUR 71,000) in flatulence tax, then there’s
nitrogen duty and increased duties on Danish Crown and Arla cooperatives of
which I am a member. All of that will give me a loss of about one million
kroner,” says Nørgaard.
The Tax Commission has suggested a methane tax of DKK 600 (EUR 80) per cow.
Cows release methane in the stomach gases that are released from both ends
of the animal.
The Commission says that there would be fewer cows and pigs in Denmark if the
proposal is adopted.
Duty or no
Nørgaard, however says that such a tax is unreasonable.
“Cows burp and emit gas from the other end irrespective of whether there is a
tax or not. The idea with a tax is to change behaviour and reduce emissions
of a gas. But the animals don’t care two hoots,” says Nørgaard.