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A public consultation on an Integrated Nutrient Management Action Plan has been initiated by the European Commission.

The action plan, published in the EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies, aims to contribute to the European Green Deal’s 2030 objective of lowering nutrient losses by half while maintaining soil fertility.

The goal is to cut fertilizer consumption by at least 20%. Farmers, industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), people, and other interested parties are encouraged to participate in an online consultation until August 26, 2022.

Virginijus Sinkevicius, Commissioner for the Environment, Fisheries and Oceans, said: “Nutrients are essential for life, yet the presence of excess nutrients in air, water and soil significantly affects public health, climate and the environment.

According to the commission, nutrients continue to be lost throughout the food chain, with significant consequences for human health, the environment, and the economy.

Surplus nitrogen and phosphorus in the environment are apparently surpassing acceptable planetary limitations in Europe.

Excess nutrients in the air and water have a detrimental impact on human health, the environment, and the economy.

The annual environmental cost of all nutrient pollution in Europe is estimated to be between €70 and €320 billion.

According to the European Commission, the Integrated Nutrient Management Action Plan offers an opportunity to analyze global nutrient cycles and provide a comprehensive and sustainable approach to nutrient management.

Source: Agriland.ie

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