The EU needs a nutrient directive

Martin J. Wassen*, Julian Schrader, Maarten B. Eppinga, Jordi Sardans, Frank Berendse, R. Beunen, Josep Peñuela, Jerry Van Dijk

*Corresponding author for this work

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The EU needs an integrated nutrient directive that regulates the agricultural application of nitrogen and phosphorus to prevent ecosystem degradation and support the Farm to Fork initiative. This directive must go beyond the current, inadequate regulations by considering nutrient balances and accounting for regional differences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-288
Number of pages2
JournalNature Reviews Earth & Environment
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • EU directives
  • Nitrogen
  • environment


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