New study reveals environmental harm and cost of nitrogen fertilization
Modern agricultural production is dependent on nitrogen. However, used in excess it can harm air, soil and water quality.© Gibon78 / stock.xnchg
The JRC contributed to the first pan-European assessment of the effects of nitrogen on the economy and the environment, and to a related article in Nature.
Despite its usefulness as fertilizer in food production, when used to excess nitrogen pollutes air, soil and water. The cost of this pollution has been estimated to amount to 150-740 Euro per EU-citizen per year.
Several JRC scientists were among the 200 experts from 21 countries and 89 organisations who carried out the first European Nitrogen Assessment (ENA), which was launched at a conference in Edinburgh, Scotland on Monday 11 April.