Nitrogen problem

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In the Netherlands there's a lot of debate around nitrogen (not sure if there is the same level of concern in other countries). This has lead to farmer strikes, hanging the flag upside down, new political parties being formed.

The use of nitrogen in agriculture is in fertilizers. Nitrogen is necessary for plant growth, and some genetically modified crops can't sustain themselves without adding nitrogen to the soil.

However, most of nitrogen remains in the soil, permeating to the underground water ways, or it escapes into the atmosphere as nitrous oxide. For agriculture, this may be one of the most limiting factors to achieve 202311111345 Net Zero Agriculture.


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