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The Netherlands is considering plans to reduce livestock numbers by 30 per cent

09.09.2021 Author: Isolde Moussot Original language: de Translator: Isolde Moussot

Der Grund dafür ist, dass das This is because the Dutch Supreme Administrative Court found in 2019 that the government is in breach of EU law because not enough is being done to reduce excess nitrogen in vulnerable natural areas.

Manure produced in livestock farming releases nitrogen compounds mixed with urine. In lakes and rivers, excess nitrogen damages ecosystems by, among other things, promoting algal blooms. This in turn reduces the oxygen in water bodies.

Furthermore, when ammonia enters natural areas, nitrous oxide emissions can occur that are 300 times more harmful to the climate than CO2!