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Nitrate, agriculture and the environment.

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Description

This book builds on Farming, Fertilizers and the Nitrate Problem (CABI, 1991) by Addiscott, Whitmore and Powlson, but has been restructured to take account of new developments and to bring out more clearly the role of politicians and economists in the nitrate problem. The book contains 14 chapters. The first three chapters cover the basic soil chemistry, physics and biology. Chapter 4 deals with t...

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Chapter 10 (Page no: 153)

The politics and economics of nitrate.

This chapter covers the effects of the EU Common Agricultural Policy on nitrogen use by UK farmers. Individual section describe the reaction to the nitrate problem, the EC 50 mg/l nitrate limit, and medical evidence. In the latter case, nitrate in drinking water caused two main health concerns, methaemoglobinaemia and stomach cancer. However, the EC nitrate limit proved to be misdirected and costly. The effects of ploughing up old grassland in the UK during and after World War 2 on nitrate on drainage water and groundwater supplies are discussed.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Dependence on nitrogen. Author(s): Addiscott, T. M.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 14) The chemistry and physics of nitrate. Author(s): Addiscott, T. M.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 29) The biology of nitrate. Author(s): Addiscott, T. M.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 48) Nitrogen fertilizer. Author(s): Addiscott, T. M.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 62) Losses of nitrogen from arable land. Author(s): Addiscott, T. M.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 93) Losses of nitrogen from grassland. Author(s): Addiscott, T. M.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 110) Nitrate in fresh water and nitrous oxide in the atmosphere. Author(s): Addiscott, T. M.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 127) Nitrate in coastal waters. Author(s): Oviatt, C. A. Gold, A. J.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 145) Nitrate and health. Author(s): Addiscott, T. M.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 172) Nitrate in Africa: the 'Western Hegemony'. Author(s): Addiscott, T. M.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 185) Risk. Author(s): Addiscott, T. M.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 204) Coming to terms with nitrate: public attitudes to science. Author(s): Addiscott, T. M.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 225) Coming to terms with nitrate: land use. Author(s): Addiscott, T. M.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2JQ, UK.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2005
  • ISBN
  • 9780851999135
  • Record Number
  • 20053174156