Warn­ing sounded on chemical fer­tilis­ers

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - FOOD PROCESSING -

Vi­afos, a whole­saler of nat­u­ral fer­tiliser, says the Global Food Safety Fo­rum has high­lighted the in­creas­ing eco­nomic im­por­tance of en­sur­ing a healthy, ro­bust food pro­duc­tion sys­tem.

Keith Jack­son, GM of the firm, says more at­ten­tion needs to be paid to soil and wa­ter qual­ity as farm­ers ap­ply more than two mil­lion tonnes of chemical phos­phate fer­tiliser to soils ev­ery year – that’s up to 40 tonnes of cad­mium.

Jack­son says: “This serves to re­duce the value of soil cap­i­tal to a point where the sus­tain­abil­ity of farm­ing comes into ques­tion.”

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