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Spanish spat over intensive livestock farming highlights EU policy challenges

Spanish jamon serrano being sold at Valencia's Mercado Central. Most of Spain's pork is exported. Photo: Kike Calvo/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

As the European Commission takes Spain to court over rampant nitrates pollution, a political bust-up over intensive livestock farming shows tackling the problem will be far from easy.

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Campaigners welcome draft Parliament report on LULUCF reform

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