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Cows in a meadow at a dairy farm in Zundert, the Netherlands.
Cows in a meadow at a dairy farm in Zundert, the Netherlands.Photograph: Robin Utrecht/REX/Shutterstock

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Senay Boztasin AmsterdamMon 16 Jan 2023 06.00 EST

Ingrid de Sain is one of thousands of dairy farmers in the Netherlands who says she sometimes lies awake at night. Since a court rulingin 2019which found the Dutch were breaking European environmental law, her farm of 100 cows in north Holland has been illegal.

Like the other2,500-plus farmerswhose environmental permission was suddenly invalid,she wants a futurewhere she can earn a living and farm legally again.

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