SINGAPORE (Mar 18): US President Donald Trump says progressives want to take away your burger. He is not exactly wrong. While the Green New Deal and its proponents do not call for mass cow culls, their goal to reach zero emissions by 2030 includes dealing with factory farms.

Agriculture is responsible for one-quarter of global greenhouse gas pollution — with burping and flatulent cattle creating a big chunk. If they want to keep eating meat, the New Dealers say Americans will have to rethink how it gets on their plate and what it costs.

The expansive environmental programme backed by about 100 Democrats and championed by congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey envisions financing for smaller-scale and sustainable farming, where the government would offer benefits for reducing their carbon footprint. That could mean choosing poultry over beef or cutting waste. Incentives are the “carrot” farmers need to change production, but the proposed legislation does not include carbon pricing that activists and economists see as necessary to curb climate change.

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