Dutch farms pay up for manure pollution
A large minority of Dutch farms failed to respect national limits on nitrogen and phosphate losses in 2000 and had to pay the government levies totalling euros 50m, the national statistical office has reported. Most farms are covered by the Netherlands' mineral accounting system which aims at preventing eutrophication; in 2000 about 30% of them had to pay levies, with intensive pig and poultry concerns in the lead. On the other hand, the data also indicate that the system is pushing dairy and pig farmers towards greener manure handling practices. See summary.