Clean air means a thriving ecosystem and enhanced biodiversity, leading to stronger crops and sustainable food production for the Earth’s growing population. It is through fertilizer that farmers nourish plants and the soil in order to feed the planet. But this should not happen at the expense of clean air and healthy soil. Yara is committed, through sustainable agriculture practices, to help achieve cleaner air and soil leading to healthy plants, people and planet.
Ammonia emissions contaminate the atmosphere and pollute the planet. It represents a serious threat to the environment and to human health. Whilst not the most significant source of ammonia emissions, the wrong kind of fertilizer does have a negative impact on biodiversity and on the ecosystem. This, in turn, impacts not only the environment but also human health; by combining with other air pollutants, forming secondary particulate matter, ammonia contributes to respiratory diseases.
There is an imperative to act now to make air cleaner for us to breathe and to reduce the negative impact that ammonia emissions have on human health. The economic argument speaks for itself:
Yara believes, therefore, that reducing ammonia emissions is win-win: too much ammonia in the air is toxic – for plants, planet and people.
could make a huge difference.
by switching from urea based fertilizers to nitrate-based fertilizers.
would reduce ammonia emissions and lead to higher yields and more sustainable farming.
Protecting the environment is a priority for Yara, which promotes cutting edge farming practices and standards. That is why Yara urges the EU and member states to:
Now is the time to take action in order to ensure that we have clean air to breathe and soil free from pollution, leading to healthier plants and a healthier planet for all of us.
Find out more about the science behind ammonia emissions from fertilizer and how to cut them back in our video.
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