Thousands Of Farms To Be Seized And Closed By Dutch Government

Dutch government makes major moves to comply with EU environmental rules

At a glance

  • The Dutch government intends to buy and shut down as many as 3,000 farms around environmentally sensitive areas to comply with the European Union’s environmental rules.
  • The announcement follows a government plan to reduce nitrogen emissions by 50 percent by 2030, which led to protests earlier this year by farmers who felt the agricultural sector was being unfairly targeted.
  • The agricultural sector is reportedly responsible for the largest portion of nitrogen emissions in the Netherlands, according to The New York Times.
  • Nitrogen Minister Christianne van der Wal announced the government will conduct a “compulsory purchase” of large nitrogen emitters as part of a voluntary, one-time offer, and said farmers will be provided with a deal “well over” their farm’s value.

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