Plan to cut heavy metals in German manure

Germany's environment agency has proposed ways to cut heavy metals in animal waste. Its plans support a government strategy to protect soils by limiting metal inputs from all biological fertilisers (EED 05/06/02). The agency recommends reducing use of industrial animal feeds, which normally contain higher heavy metal concentrations, in favour of farm-grown feeds. It urges better monitoring of metal levels in commercial animal feeds and suggests the creation of a central database to report these levels to farmers. See press release.

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