Hunting geese to feed the poor

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Huge numbers of geese spend the winter in the Netherlands, where they eat the grass meant for sheep and cows. To deal with the problem, Dutch farmers are shooting more and more of the birds.

In the province of North Holland alone, hunters shoot over 40,000 geese a year, far more than they could ever consume. They think it's a shame to throw good meat away, so they've begun donating it to food banks.

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