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

J.P. Lesschen, J.W.H. van der Kolk, K.C. van Dijk, J. Willemse

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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

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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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Lesschen, J. P., van der Kolk, J. W. H., van Dijk, K. C., & Willemse, J. (2013). Options for closing the phosphorus cycle in agriculture : assessment of options for Northwest Europe and the Netherlands. ( WOt-werkdocument ; No. 353). Wageningen: Wettelijke Onderzoekstaken Natuur & Milieu.
Lesschen, J.P. ; van der Kolk, J.W.H. ; van Dijk, K.C. ; Willemse, J. / Options for closing the phosphorus cycle in agriculture : assessment of options for Northwest Europe and the Netherlands. Wageningen : Wettelijke Onderzoekstaken Natuur & Milieu, 2013. 47 p. ( WOt-werkdocument ; 353).
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Lesschen, JP, van der Kolk, JWH, van Dijk, KC & Willemse, J 2013, Options for closing the phosphorus cycle in agriculture : assessment of options for Northwest Europe and the Netherlands. WOt-werkdocument , no. 353, Wettelijke Onderzoekstaken Natuur & Milieu, Wageningen.

Options for closing the phosphorus cycle in agriculture : assessment of options for Northwest Europe and the Netherlands. / Lesschen, J.P.; van der Kolk, J.W.H.; van Dijk, K.C.; Willemse, J.

Wageningen : Wettelijke Onderzoekstaken Natuur & Milieu, 2013. 47 p. ( WOt-werkdocument ; No. 353).

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