Denmark cuts agricultural nitrogen losses

Farm nitrogen discharges have been substantially cut under Denmark's second national action plan on the water environment, the national environmental research institute (DMU) reported on Monday. Releases in 2003 - the last year covered by the plan - should be about 162,000 tonnes, more or less meeting a goal of halving emissions from levels in the mid-1980s. Limits on fertiliser application and measures to increase utilisation of nutrients by farm animals are credited for the reduction. A third national water plan is under development. See DMU report and third water plan.

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