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Fertilisers, plastics polluting world waters: UN

Topic: fertilisers

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Agriculture & Food 22-12-2016

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SPECIAL REPORT / Spain is home to almost one million agricultural and livestock businesses, covering 30 million hectares of land and employing some 750,000 people.
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Agriculture & Food 15-12-2016

Agricultural inputs remain decisive in farm profitability

SPECIAL REPORT / Seeds, fertilisers, pesticides, fuel, feed, irrigation equipment, water and power: all have an impact on farmer's income. EurActiv’s partner EFEAgro spoke to sector experts about these farming essentials.
Agriculture & Food 25-11-2016

Better nutrient recycling can reduce EU dependence on foreign phosphorus

Better recycling of nutrients in the agricultural ecosystem would cut demand for fertilisers and reduce our dependence on Russian phosphorus imports, write a group of scientists from the Baltic Sea Centre.
Agriculture & Food 07-11-2016

EU takes Germany to court over high nitrate levels

The European Commission is taking Germany to court because of high nitrate levels that have been detected in its water. EurActiv Germany reports.

Agriculture & Food 12-09-2016

Our very existence depends on soil, so why is it not protected?

In the minds of many, soil is simply dirt, but without it we would all cease to exist. Unlike the water we drink and the air we breathe, soil is not protected in the EU and its quality is getting worse. This has to change, writes Balázs Horváth.
Agriculture & Food 08-06-2016

Climate-smart agriculture: More than just greenwashing?

Ahead of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture's second forum, numerous associations have criticised the group, citing the prevalence of greenwashing and lack of actual positive impact on climate change. EurActiv Germany reports.
Agriculture & Food 30-05-2016

Biostimulants take centre stage in EU push for green fertilisers

The review of the European Union's Fertilisers Regulation will promote innovative products such as biostimulants, in an effort to help agriculture take the turn of the circular economy.

Commission takes Germany to task over water pollution

Brussels has announced that it will prosecute Germany in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for failing to take effective measures against water pollution caused by nitrates. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Agriculture & Food 20-04-2016

Africa’s farming potential hinges on infrastructure boost

SPECIAL REPORT / Africa’s huge agricultural potential holds the promise of covering much of the planet’s nutrition needs. But the continent is hampered by lack of infrastructure and intricate local politics.
Sustainable Dev. 22-03-2016

Circular Economy to promote organic fertilisers

The Circular Economy Package will begin with a new regulation on the use of waste products in fertilisers, which could cut the EU's phosphate imports by a third. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
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Agriculture & Food 26-11-2015

Jeremy Rifkin: 'Number two cause of global warming emissions? Animal husbandry'

SPECIAL REPORT / An estimated 40% of all the agricultural land in the world today is used to grow feed grains for beef production, a trend that is set to worsen with the rise of the middle class in Asia, warns Jeremy Rifkin.

Pesticides pose risk to bees, EU watchdog says

Widely-used pesticides made by Bayer CropScience and Syngenta pose a risk to bees, the European Union's food safety watchdog said yesterday (26 August), reinforcing previous research that led to EU restrictions.
Agriculture & Food 28-07-2015

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch

We have grown accustomed to the fact that anything we want is at our fingertips at any time. But as the world population grows faster than ever, we need significant changes to the way we think about feeding the planet, writes Pawe? Jarczewski.
Agriculture & Food 10-04-2015

Agriculture poses immense threat to environment, German study says

Conventional agriculture is causing enormous environmental damage in Germany, warns a study by the country’s Federal Environment Agency, saying a transition to organic farming and stricter regulation is urgently needed. EurActiv Germany reports.
Sustainable Dev. 10-09-2014

Manuel Valls wants EU nitrates directive 'to evolve'

Nitrate pollution remains a major problem in France due to its intensive agriculture. The French Prime Minister has resolved to take action, after a new indictment of France by the Court of Justice of the European Union last week.
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Agriculture & Food 22-11-2013

African farmers face soil erosion, fertiliser puzzle

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Every year the world loses roughly 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil, with chemical fertilisers singled out as one of the main culprits. Yet, agriculture experts are calling for more widespread use of the substances to improve land fertility and boost yields.
Sustainable Dev. 30-09-2013

Fertiliser chief: Farming should remain at top of development agenda

In agreeing to come up with a list of Sustainable Development Goals, governments have pledged to take a holistic approach to our global future, therefore viable farming should remain top of the list, argues Abdulrahman Jawahery.
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Looming shortage of key crop nutrient pushes call for conservation

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Stepped-up farm production to feed a growing world could lead to shortages of a vital crop nutrient, phosphorus, prompting European officials to consider conservation and recycling measures to protect supplies.
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Feeding the world: A green headache for policymakers

SPECIAL REPORT / With upwards of two billion extra mouths to feed in the coming decades, food security has become a mantra in debates about Europe’s farm-support programme and the UN’s sustainable development agenda.
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Agriculture & Food 06-03-2012

Farms trump industry in worries about water pollution

SPECIAL REPORT / When blood-red sludge broke through containment walls in the Hungarian town of Ajka in October 2010, the immediate concern was the safety of hundreds of nearby residents. In the end 10 people died from exposure and the toxic muck spilled into waterways, including the Danube, prompting alarms downstream.
Agriculture & Food 09-09-2011

Fertilisers: Feeding agriculture's growing needs

World fertiliser production is expected to soar to keep up with rising food and biofuel output, but this also triggers environmental problems as fertiliser sucks up energy and trigger water and soil pollution.

European anti-terror measures to follow Norway attacks

The EU is set to introduce stringent tests to regulate the manufacture and sale of fertilisers and other materials used to make home-made bombs in the wake of Anders Behring Breivik’s mass murder in Norway last week (22 July).
Agriculture & Food 05-04-2011

Commission weighs up single market rules for fertilisers

The European Commission has kicked off a review of EU legislation on fertilisers in a bid to adopt draft proposals to fully harmonise the market by the end of 2012, EurActiv has learned.
Sustainable Dev. 23-02-2011

Fertilisers, plastics polluting world waters: UN

Massive amounts of phosphorus, a fertiliser widely used in agriculture, and billions of pieces of plastic are poisoning the global marine environment, said the UN, calling for better management of global waste.