Fertilization in agriculture Umwelthilfe is suing the federal government over nitrate in water

Fertilization in agriculture Umwelthilfe is suing the federal government over nitrate in water

Fertilization in agriculture Umwelthilfe is suing the federal government over nitrate in water

Deutsche Umwelthilfe wants to fight for better protection of groundwater against nitrate from agriculture in court. The association has sued the federal government at the Berlin-Brandenburg Higher Administrative Court. The tightening of the fertilizer law from 2017 is not sufficient to comply with the limit values ​​in the future, said DUH managing director Sascha Müller-Kraenner on Tuesday in Berlin. But there is “absolutely no political will in this federal government to touch the fertilizer law again”. Julia Klöckner’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture (CDU) is responsible for this.

In its 2016 nitrate report, the federal government admitted that the EU limit values ​​in the groundwater were exceeded at 28 percent of the measuring points in agricultural areas. The next report is due in 2020. Measured values ​​for the tightened fertilizer rules, which were decided on last year, are not yet available. Nitrate in bodies of water and groundwater mostly comes from manure from agriculture. The substance is important for plant growth, but in the event of overfertilization, residues will accumulate in the water. Chemical processes turn nitrate into nitrite, which can be harmful to humans.