Synthetic #fertilisers have disrupted the natural #nitrogen cycle & become the biggest driver of nitrogen pollution

In today's Fixing Nitrogen panel at #ORFCGlobal, we'll explore how we can strike a nitrogen balance feat @RushallOrganics @Love_plants @WoodlandTrust & more ⚖
Live from 'Fixing Nitrogen', Abi Bunker from @WoodlandTrust says “Trees benefit both wildlife & people ... Most UK woodlands are impacted negatively by nitrogen deposition, at which the ecosystem will deteriorate”
@Love_plants @RushallOrganics @WoodlandTrust @TWBFarms #ORFCGlobal
Public Health specialist @kristinbash tells us that globally, an astonishing 8.8b lives are lost due to small particulate matter pollution. In UK, it’s about 40,000 lives.

She goes on to detail the effects of water pollution👇
#ORFCGlobal #nitrogen
Farmer Joe Wookey from @RushallOrganics says ‘We're here to grow food. We’ve done this as #organic farmers for 50 years, by managing nitrogen and fertility. Globally we need to consider how food is produced. Closed system is the basis of our philosophy, & it's a pretty good one!”
Clive Bailye @TWBFarms says “This wonderful food web existed beneath my feet & I had no idea, or of the importance of it to my farm & environment. 💡moment 15 yrs ago. And I save money on synthetic inputs!”

Clive has been involved in @IFarmers #fieldlab…
Finally, here are some places to go for more info:
🦋Read Fixing Nitrogen:
🦋Visit our #ORFCGlobal virtual exhib:
🦋Download free Organic Farming Mag:

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