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Netherlands seeks to close 3,000 farms by threatening farmers with 'compulsory' land buyouts if they refuse 'voluntary' offers to comply with EU climate rules

Netherlands Nitrogen Minister Christianne van der Wal (Photo by BART MAAT/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

The Dutch government announced plans to buy and close up to 3,000 farms near areas deemed environmentally sensitive to comply with EU climate rules, the Telegraph reported.

The Netherlands stated that it would first offer one-time voluntary deals to large nitrogen-emitting farms in hopes of reducing pollution. However, if not enough farmers accept that initial offer, the Dutch government announced that it would move forward with "compulsory purchases."

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