Danish farmers cut greenhouse gases

Emissions of greenhouse gases from Denmark's agricultural sector fell by 24% between 1990 and 2003, the ministry of food, agriculture and fisheries (FVM) has reported. Limits on fertiliser application and measures to increase utilisation of nutrients by farm animals adopted under a series of national action plans are credited with the fall. Scientists are optimistic the reduction will continue, the ministry said in a statement. Recent measures implemented under the plans, which have also yielded substantial cuts in nitrogen discharges (EED 03/12/03), include Europe's first tax on mineral phosphorus in animal feeds (EED 26/05/04). See FVM press release.

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