Promoting recycled fertilizers in Europe: Outcomes policy workshop on closing the nutrients’ cycle 

This hybrid event, was organized in the framework of the upcoming publication of the Integrated Nutrients Management Action Plan (INMAP) expected in March 2023. It took place at the European Parliament and Members of the European Parliament Margrete Auken and Thomas Waitz (both Greens/EFA) hosted it. Including the online broadcast, 80 participants took place. 

The report of the workshop, highlights five key take aways: 

  1. We need a profound transformation of the food system that fosters long-term sustainability and self-sufficiency and steers away from short term solutions; 
  2. We need to avoid false solutions and lock-ins (I,e., the European Commission proposed action on support for fertilizer production and use). Agricultural policies such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) should be subject to compliance with reduction of nutrient excess and pesticides dependency while maintaining good agricultural production; 
  3. Ecosystem destruction is the biggest threat to food security. Therefore, EU agricultural and food policies should be allocated to the production of public goods such as the provision of ecosystem services, the restoration of biodiversity and the ecological network that can biologically fix large amounts of nitrogen, regulate weeds, pests and diseases, support recycling of nutrients, as well as secure pollination and other vital functions in the agroecosystem; 
  4. Existing policies will not be enough to achieve the Farm to Fork Strategy’s 50% nutrient-loss reduction target by 2030. Further action addressing inputs and taking a holistic approach to nutrient flows are needed to reach the indicative target of halving nutrient losses; 
  5. The INMAP should adopt a food system redesign approach and include incentives for dietary changes. There is an urgent need to rebalance protein intakes by increasing the share of legumes in European diets. 

Links to download presentations are available in the report of the workshop

Our members can find information on our recommendations for the INMAP on our member extranet. Interested in becoming a member? Contact membership@organicseurope.bio for more information or access rights issues. 

For more information on fertilizers and the INMAP, contact amelie.steu@organicseurope.bio 

The work of IFOAM Organics Europe on this topic is co-financed by the LIFE programme of the European Union, under the Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). This page only reflects the views of the authors and its sole responsibility lies with IFOAM Organics Europe. The CINEA is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided. 

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