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Develop a new type of organic fertilizer for decreasing nitrates and toxic compounds in food, groundwater and soil

To develop a new type of organic fertilizer which will decrease the use of mineral fertilizers in agriculture production and in doing so will decrease nitrate quantities in food, soil and groundwater.

The goal of this international R & D project is to reduce the use of chemicals in agricultural and food production and in doing so avoiding emissions of dangerous substances into the environment. Partners will develop new types of organic fertilizers, which will replace or decrease the use of mineral fertilizers in agriculture production and in doing so will decrease the quantity of nitrates and other toxic compounds (such as phosphate and potassium) in soil, food and groundwater. Nitrates (very important and at the same time very dangerous macro elements), while absolutely essential for crop growth, can contaminate food, surface, ground and drinking water. Only loosely bound to soil particles, nitrates are highly water soluble and easily leached, particularly through sandy soils or those low in organic matter. High nitrate levels in drinking water are considered to be a hazard to both human and animal health. They are associated with some forms of cancers, such as those of the stomach and intestines. They may also cause 'blue baby' syndrome in babies and young infants due to interference with the infants' ability to carry oxygen in the blood. This international project involves two partners: 1. CPM INTERNACIONAL - R & D company from CROATIA 2. MEMON B.V. - organic fertilizer producers from THE NETHERLANDS. CPM INTERNACIONAL plays several roles in this project including: - Laboratory testing of soil and groundwater in the area where testing fields will be located. - Analyses of production and fertilization in the testing field areas in the last three years. - Testing of organic fertilizers on several agriculture products. - Laboratory analyses of produced products. - Guidelines (for the Dutch partner) for creating organic fertilizers based on ongoing research activities and results. - Comparison of new organic fertilizers with classic mineral fertilizers. - Analyses of the European market and development of a marketing and sales strategy for new types of fertilizers (together with partners). For the technological part of the project, the partner from THE NETHERLANDS will be guided by research results from the Croatian side in the production of new organic fertilizers. They will use part of their existing production lines for testing and mixing different organic inputs with the aim of producing organic fertilizers, which achieve the agricultural and environmental goals outlined in the EU Council Directive mentioned below. All projects will focus on the: a) Nitrates Directive 91/676/EEC regarding limited quantities of nitrates in soil and groundwater - The Nitrates Directive came into force in December 1991 and is concerned with protecting water from pollution caused by nitrates from agricultural sources. It has two primary objectives, namely: to reduce water pollution caused or induced by nitrates from agricultural sources, and to prevent further such pollution. b) Council Directive 75/440/EEC of 16 June 1975 concerning the required quality of surface water intended for the abstraction of drinking water, as amended by Directive 79/869/EEC and Council Directive 80/778/EEC of 15 July 1980 relating to the quality of water intended for human consumption. c) Council Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 of 24 June 1991 on the organic production of agricultural products and indications referring to agricultural products and foodstuffs - new organic fertilizers will satisfy all detection limits for micro and macro elements which are important in bio organic food production. Keywords: organic fertilizer, nitrates, healthy food.
Acronym: 
NATURE GARDIAN
Project ID: 
3 289
Start date: 
20-01-2004
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
1 750 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Organic Substances
Market Area: 
Cultivation of cereals / crops / vegetables

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