Efforts to stop the development of massive factory farms in Overijssel province failed on Wednesday night after not enough councillors backed calls to re-think the region’s rural development plans.
Some 70,000 locals had called for the plans to be re-opened to incorporate a ban on mega farms.
Some 12 plans to build factory farms for a total 180,000 pigs and 380,000 hens have been lodged in the province, according to figures from environmental lobby group Milieudefensie.
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