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Australia's Love of Beef Driving Nitrogen Pollution

05 December 2016

AUSTRALIA - Researchers have for the first time calculated Australia's contribution to the environmental and health problem of nitrogen pollution.

Researchers have for the first time calculated Australia's contribution to the growing global environmental and health problem of nitrogen pollution, largely driven by food production and in particular beef production.

Nitrogen is an essential building block for life and there was a dramatic increase in the use of nitrogen fertilisers within the agriculture industry after World War II.

But an excess of this life-giving chemical element can have a destructive effect on the environment and human health, say scientists.

Source: SBS

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