Here is a link to my speech on CE Marked Fertilisers that I gave in the European Parliament on 23rd October 2017:
Here is the text:
CE marked fertilizing products
I welcome the effort by the Commission and this house to shift the balance to organic fertilizers. In line with the circular economy principle we need to find an affordable way for our farmers to switch to more organic alternatives, such as manure and raw materials disposed of as waste. This will ensure better health and safety of EU citizens as water and soil pollution would be diminished.
However, since inorganic or mineral fertilizers currently account for some 80 percent of the EU market the issue of addressing the maximum levels of contaminants in inorganic fertilizers is vitally important.
Setting the maximum level of 60mg/kg of cadmium is the bare minimum we could have opted for, especially considering the fact that many EU Member States already use inorganic fertilizers containing between 30 to 40 mg/kg of cadmium.
Hopefully, in the coming years we will significantly lower the cadmium levels further.
We need to act now!
Cadmium is classed as a class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization and exposure can lead to pulmonary disorders, kidney damage and dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, fertility problems, and osteoporosis.
Reducing cadmium levels in fertilisers is an idea that has been in the pipeline since 2003 so companies can hardly complain this came out of the blue.
Equally, technology exists that can help countries to lower the naturally high levels of cadmium in their phosphate rock. As the saying goes – when there’s a will, there is always a way.