November 15, 2019


Netherlands will alter livestock feed to reduce nitrogen emissions


As part of the government's measures to its emissions crisis ruling, it will modify livestock feed by adding enzymes to reduce ammonia in livestock manure, reported Dutch News.


These efforts come as part of the Netherlands' emissions crisis. In May 2019, a court order directed the government to meet annual nitrogen emissions targets, with thousands of infrastructure projects now on hold.


Local farmers have protested against the government measures, as farmers believe they have been falsely targeted as the main cause for the emissions problem.


The government has set aside €60 million (~US$65.9 million; €1 = US$1.10) to compensate swine farmers who were forced to close due to the new regulations.


Marc Calon, chairman of the Dutch Farmers Association (LTO) said the rules for the use of manure have not been explained in detail, adding that these stopgap measures were hurriedly announced before any discussions that involved the local agricultural industry was finalised.


Bram van Liere, spokesman for Dutch environmental organisation Milieudefensie said the government's plan to alter the composition of livestock feed by adding enzymes to reduce ammonia should be rejected, as it only benefits chemical company DSM and not farmers.


Greenpeace, an international non-governmental environmental organisation also criticised the government's feed initiative as it does not address the main cause of the nitrogen emissions problem.


According to Greenpeace, the first steps to tackling the emissions issue would be to impose compulsory pasturing and limit soybean imports for cattle feed.


-      Dutch News