Danish ministry hails farm cadmium cuts

Danish farmers cut pollution of soils by the heavy metal cadmium 95% between 1987 and 2002, environment ministry reported on Wednesday. The reduction from 4,000kg to 200kg was attributed to lower cadmium levels in mineral phosphate fertilisers plus lower use of such fertilisers by farmers. Noting that the government had proposed measures to reduce agricultural cadmium as early as 1989, environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt praised the industry for its "higher [level of] environmental awareness". See press release.

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