Options for closing the phosphorus cycle in agriculture : assessment of options for Northwest Europe and the Netherlands

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Abstract

This study assessed which options are available for closing the feed-manure phosphorus cycle in agriculture and their contribution to the reduction of the P surplus and P use efficiency. This was assessed at a national scale for the Netherlands as well as a regional scale for Northwest Europe. No export of animal products, with as a consequence the reduction in livestock numbers, is most effective in reducing external P inputs. An effective option that is easier to implement is the reduction in P excretion through changes in the feed intake. For Nortwest Europe the combination of all five options can lead to a reduction of external P inputs of about 50%. For the Netherlands the combination of the options result in a reduction in external P inputs of 35% and a reduction of the manure export of 26%. The effectiveness of large scale manure treatment in the Netherlands is limited
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWettelijke Onderzoekstaken Natuur & Milieu
Number of pages47
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

Name WOt-werkdocument
PublisherWettelijke Onderzoekstaken Natuur & Milieu
No.353

Keywords

  • livestock farming
  • animal husbandry
  • fodder
  • animal manures
  • phosphorus
  • nutrient management
  • cycling
  • manure surpluses
  • closed systems
  • agricultural policy
  • regional agricultural policy
  • northwestern europe

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