The EIP Agri Focus Group on Nutrient Recycling has published the final report on Nutrient Recycling. The group brought together 20 experts to gather practical and scientific knowledge to discuss how to improve nutrient recycling in agriculture and discuss how biobased fertilisers can be better taken up in the market.
It has been analysed some emerging technologies that allow the recovery and re-use of nutrients on the farm. The experts identified farmers’ acceptance and appreciation as one of the key issues to promote the wider use of recycled nutrients in practice. To increase the adoption of organic waste processing technologies and the production of new types of biobased fertilisers on a large scale, a real understanding of the fertiliser market and the end-user (e.g. arable farmers, fruit or vegetable producers, etc.) requirements is needed.
In addition to a summarizing overview of the most relevant legal frameworks at the EU level, the Focus Group identified possible policy measures for further discussion and debate, such as financial incentives, environmental taxation schemes, labelling obligations and possible incentives under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
“Promoting nutrient recycling is not only about technologies to produce biobased fertilisers, but also about practical tools to better understand the behaviour of nutrients and their management on the farm.” - Emilie Snauwaert (Belgium), expert from the EIP-AGRI Focus Group on Nutrient Recycling
Get all the information at a glance in the Nutrient recycling factsheet.