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Despite their success in boosting crop production, using fertilisers in agriculture increases environmental risk, particularly with respect to water and soil pollution.
The fertiliser industry essentially supplies three major plant nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The several other micro-nutrients can be incorporated into these key fertilisers or supplied as speciality products.
Europe has put in place legislation to promote renewable energies but is now faced with the challenge of integrating increasing amounts of intermittent power sources like solar and wind into the electricity grid, running the risk of destabilising it.
World fertiliser production is expected to soar to keep up with rising food and biofuel output, but this also triggers environmental problems as fertiliser sucks up energy and trigger water and soil pollution.