Save nutrient resources – Limit the Baltic Sea Eutrophication
Develop Nutrient-balanced and ”Low Nutrient Surplus” Agriculture in Baltic Sea Basin
Nutrient pollution, which triggers Eutrophication, is the major environmental problem of the Baltic Sea ecosystem. Agriculture is the single largest source of new nutrients to the Baltic Sea, via leakage from farmland, contributing 50% of the total waterborne nitrogen and phosphorus inputs to the Baltic Sea basin. Baltic Sea region countries need to ”Close the loop of agricultural nutrients” to achieve a healthier Baltic Sea environmnet. Phosphorus is resource which is running out. Actual resources will last for 50–100 years. Nutrients in manure are often not used efficiently in crop production.
There is a potential to reduce nutrient losses by avoiding overfertilization, improving manure management and replacing mineral fertilisers with manure. Nitrogen and Phosphorus are essential elements for plant’s growth and cannot be substituted. They are necessary for crop production and life on planet Earth.
River Basin and Wastewater Management, Sustainable Development, Water protection in Agriculture