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Agriculture and the Environment

Minerals, Manure and Measures

  • F. B. de Walle
  • J. Sevenster
Book

Part of the Soil & Environment book series (SOEN, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. F. B. de Walle, J. Sevenster
    Pages 1-9
  3. F. B. de Walle, J. Sevenster
    Pages 11-17
  4. F. B. de Walle, J. Sevenster
    Pages 18-48
  5. F. B. de Walle, J. Sevenster
    Pages 50-72
  6. F. B. de Walle, J. Sevenster
    Pages 74-94
  7. F. B. de Walle, J. Sevenster
    Pages 96-116
  8. F. B. de Walle, J. Sevenster
    Pages 118-139
  9. F. B. de Walle, J. Sevenster
    Pages 140-157
  10. F. B. de Walle, J. Sevenster
    Pages 158-174
  11. F. B. de Walle, J. Sevenster
    Pages 176-182
  12. F. B. de Walle, J. Sevenster
    Pages 183-193
  13. F. B. de Walle, J. Sevenster
    Pages 195-203
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 204-211

About this book

Introduction

In this study, an overview is presented of agricultural policies on manure and minerals, relating to the Nitrate Directive to remedy excessive surface- and groundwater contamination from intensive agricultural practices. Six countries belonging to the European Union were studied: the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. The policies and their legal incorporation were related to agricultural and environmental conditions in each country. In addition, an inventory was made of agricultural mineral poli­ cies in the United States and Canada. Conditions for livestock farming in North America differ considerably from those in Europe, but their solutions shed a different light on European policies. Research has shown that there are still very considerable mineral surpluses in many countries and regions. In both the Netherlands and in the Flemish part of Belgium, existing problems due to very high levels of manure production are structural rather than local and cannot easily be solved by transport of manure to other regions. To a lesser extent. Germany, Denmark and relatively small parts of France (Brittany) and the United Kingdom, still exceed the norms for an equilibrium fertilization. In Denmark, existing problems can probably be solved within the existing legislative framework. The Netherlands, Flanders. several German Lander (Nordrhein-Westfalen and Schleswig-Holstein) and Brittany.

Keywords

Eutrophication agriculture environment groundwater water

Authors and affiliations

  • F. B. de Walle
    • 1
  • J. Sevenster
    • 2
  1. 1.ENERO-TNODelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Promikron BVDelftThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-5178-8
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6178-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5178-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1383-5122
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