Dear Prime Minister,

Why has agriculture been exempted from the carbon tax? Without the tax, high-emitting sectors such as animal agriculture (particularly beef) are effectively continuing to be subsidised. The reason is that most of their massive environmental costs are being externalised, rather than being paid by the consumers of the relevant products.
Animal agriculture has been by far the biggest cause of land clearing in this country, largely due to the grossly and inherently inefficient nature of animals as a food source. If you combine the carbon dioxide emissions and loss of sequestration from that land clearing with the massive emissions of methane, nitrous oxide and other greenhouse pollutants involved in the sector, you have a huge contributor to global warming that is free to continue on its present course. We should be creating price signals to encourage consumers to purchase alternatives that are significantly more climate-friendly. Thank you.

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Am just guessing here but I would say its because most of us like to eat.
jon crow · 2 years ago
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Even if agriculture is harmful to the environment? Meat is not essential for our survival. Its not about our bellies, there is a big picture here - the future of our planet.
Bec Lee · 9 months ago
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Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it would destroy many agricultural industries and all the businesses associated with the industry, it would destroy many country towns, destroy liveihoods and put 1000's and 1000's out of work all for nothing because every other country in the world would not be stupid enough to destroy ther agricultural industry in the vain hope that people will stop eating meat.
Andrew Dixon · 2 years ago
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Just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 litre bottles.
Stevie - · 2 years ago
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Excellent question. I hope this is answered.
James Clifford · 2 years ago
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Great Paul. Yes I want this answered too.I've been asking the very same question for a very long time! Animal agriculture has massive and far reaching negative impacts.
Valerie Ashton · 2 years ago
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Excellent question.
James Rice · 2 years ago
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Why ask when you have already got the answer for yourself?
Mark Finnegan · 2 years ago
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Yes, Paul has the answer but the question needs to be asked of those people who are in a position to change the status quo. If you want scientific evidence that backs this up, the China Study is excellent. Animal farming causes the most harm to our environment, meat-eating is linked to many diseases (heart, diabetes, colon cancer etc) and involves so much cruelty that questions such as this are absolutely vital!
Zerin Knight · 2 years ago
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Yes, Paul has the answer but the question needs to be asked of those people who are in a position to change the status quo. If you want scientific evidence that backs this up, the China Study is excellent. Animal farming causes the most harm to our environment, meat-eating is linked to many diseases (heart, diabetes, colon cancer etc) and involves so much cruelty that questions such as this are absolutely vital!
Zerin Knight · 2 years ago
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Yes, Paul has the answer but the question needs to be asked of those people who are in a position to change the status quo. If you want scientific evidence that backs this up, the China Study is excellent. Animal farming causes the most harm to our environment, meat-eating is linked to many diseases (heart, diabetes, colon cancer etc) and involves so much cruelty that questions such as this are absolutely vital!
Zerin Knight · 2 years ago
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This is a vital question & needs to be up in the top three.
Joede Mw · 2 years ago
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yeah right up there with gay marriage and whether my cats excrement is dangerous to the planets future.
jon crow · 2 years ago
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Perhaps the most effective way to reduce emissions from the agricultural sector is to start at an individual level by becoming a vegetarian. Not only are there many environmental reasons for being a vegetarian, but there are also ethical reasons (e.g. animal rights and climate justice) and health reasons (e.g. reduced cancer risk, cardiovascular improvement, weight loss).
James Ray · 2 years ago
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Hi James, I agree, and said in an earlier post: "I believe that cruelty and the environment are both valid reasons, in their own right, for a vegan lifestyle. You could also add health to that. Just ask Bill Clinton."
Paul Mahony · 2 years ago
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Still there's no reason that the government can't give the public a push in the right direction (obviously they're just trying not to piss off voters). What shocks me is the lack of debate in the media and the public about the environmental impacts of the meat industry. Personally, most assume I'm a vegetarian for ethical reasons, unaware that environmental reasons exist. At least if the government had the balls to tax the meat industry as part of the carbon tax it would make people realise that eating meat is not sustainable and should be avoided in the same way the we shouldn't be powered by coal etc, etc.
Kieran McCormick · 2 years ago
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oh, just looked below. Seems many have said what I've just said. I hope this question makes it to the PM.
Kieran McCormick · 2 years ago
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Yup.
Kelly Eklectusbird · 2 years ago
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Yeah! You speak for me, Paul.
Zerin Knight · 2 years ago
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Bill "i did not have sex with that woman", that Bill Clinton?, now that's funny..
jon crow · 2 years ago
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I've ran out of votes but hear hear!
James Ray · 2 years ago