Corn-Mania Biogas Boom in Germany Leads to Modern-Day Land Grab

Creating energy from corn once seemed like a revolutionary idea in Germany. But subsidies for the biogas industry have led to entire regions of the country being covered by the crop, and investors are eagerly waiting for local farmers' land to go for sale. Some of those farmers who lease their land say they have been "ruined."
Wind turbines near a new biogas plant in the German state of Lower Saxony.

Wind turbines near a new biogas plant in the German state of Lower Saxony.

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Translated from the German by Josh Ward.