The Stockholm Resilience Centre have identified nitrogen pollution as ranking right at the top in terms of transgression of planetary boundaries, but because nitrogen fertiliser users in agriculture are not financially responsible for this damage, use by farmers remains very high. This is because without costing in its negative impacts, there is a strong business case for its use.

In our session at the Oxford Real Farming conference 2019, leading experts identified, quantified and monetised the areas where damage is caused by nitrogen use in agriculture and explored the opportunities for applying the polluter pays principle as a post-Brexit policy instrument.

Moderator: Honor Eldridge, Sustainable Food Trust

Speakers: Jenny Hawley, Plantlife

Dinah Hillier, Thames Water

Helen Browning, Soil Association

Robert Craig, Dairy Farmer

Patrick Holden, Sustainable Food Trust


Photograph: Timo Tervo 

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