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Record number 402102
Title A quantification of phosphorus flows in the Netherlands through agricultural production, industrial processing and households
Author(s) Smit, A.L.; Middelkoop, J.C. van; Dijk, W. van; Reuler, H. van; Buck, A.J. de; Sanden, P.A.C.M. van de
Source Wageningen : Plant Research International (Rapport / Plant Research International 364) - 55
Department(s) PPO/PRI AGRO Duurzame Bedrijfssystemen
LR - Environment
Team Bodemkwaliteit
PPO AGV Team Bodemkwaliteit
Nursery Stock
Publication type Research report
Publication year 2010
Keyword(s) fosfor - fosfaatuitspoeling - nutriëntenstromen - voedingsstoffenbalans - visualisatie van stroming - kringlopen - nederland - phosphorus - phosphate leaching - nutrient flows - nutrient balance - flow visualization - cycling - netherlands
Categories Fertilizers, Fertilizer Application
Abstract To investigate the possibilities for a more sustainable use of phosphorus it was necessary to have a complete picture of the national phosphorus flows in the Netherlands. In this report a material flow analysis was performed by dividing the national system into a number of subsystems: agricultural subsystems (arable, grazing, intensive livestock) but also non-agricultural subsystems (food industry, non-food industry, feed industry, household, waste management, environment) were included. Quantification of the various phosphorus flows between the subsystems was done for the year 2005 and was based on various data sources. The results showed that in the reference year 2005 a surplus of around 60 Mkg of P existed, roughly half of this amount accumulated in agricultural soil. The remaining part ended up in ground or surface water (around 7 Mkg) or was sequestered in one way or another (e.g. landfill, incineration ashes, sewage sludge etc.). Recycling from society (households and industry) back to agriculture was minimal. Options for a more sustainable use of phosphorus in the Netherlands are discussed.
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