The ability of the agricultural industry to supply a global population expected to grow by 50% by 2050 is now a real issue. Europe, despite a limited land area, has climatic conditions that will continue to make it a key contributor to production. Further investment will be required to develop agricultural practices that combine increased productivity, with consideration for the environment throughout the whole EU.
Whilst highly productive, agriculture represents 9% of European GHG emissions, of which N O emitted from soils represents 50%. The challenge is to manage our contribution better by helping farmers reduce their emissions per unit of production and reduce the emissions from fertilizer manufacture. At the same time we are also challenged to contribute to increasing output to global food supply in conditions where climate change itself may well limit production in the years ahead.
The fertilizer industry is already rising to these challenges through increased efficiency, reducing emissions during fertilizer manufacture and as a result of enhanced agronomic advice, on farm.
The use of fertilizers provides for 48% of the current global food supply. Conversely, fertilizer production and use represents a ‘modest’ 2.2% of total GHG emissions in the EU 27. However, the EU fertilizer industry is committed to further improve this position and feels it has a fundamental role in addressing the key issues of feeding the world.
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The mission of the European fertilizer industry is to respond to the needs of agriculture and society by providing, in accordance with the principles of Responsible Care, a reliable and competitive supply of high-quality mineral fertilizers.
The industry encourages, moreover, the adoption of Good A... read more