Nitrogen Footprint of Food Production
in the EU-27 and Africa
Jan Peter Lesschen, Igor Staritsky, Adrian Leip and Oene Oen...
Outline presentation

 Introduction
 Model approach
 Comparison EU-27 and Africa
 N footprint results

 Discussion
 ...
Introduction

N rehgiH
ycneiciffe

N in feed

Poultry (meat)

 Need to increase food
production and lower
environmental i...
MITERRA-Global

 A model for integrated assessment of N (C and P)

emissions from agriculture, based on MITERRA-Europe

...
Excretion, emission and leaching factors

 Average crop nutrient content based on range of global
studies and data source...
Approach and Nr sources

 N footprint = (Ninput – Noutput) / mproduct

(Leip et al., 2013)

● Ninput: manure, mineral fer...
Commodities / functional units
1 kg carcass of meat
- beef
- pork
- chicken

1 kg of cereals
1 kg of potato /root crop

1 ...
Total soil N input

Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
Harvested crop removal

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Soil N surplus

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Reactive N emissions

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N footprint crop commodities
N footprint

Crop production

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N footprint livestock commodities
N footprint

Livestock production

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Nr emissions per crop commodity

EU-27

Africa

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Nr emissions per livestock commodity

EU-27

Africa

Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
Discussion



Substantial uncertainties, especially for Africa:
● Input data (e.g. grassland yield)
● Allocation of feed ...
Conclusions

 Large differences in the N footprint between food

commodities, with plant-based commodities having
relativ...
Thank you

janpeter.lesschen@wur.nl

Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
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Nitrogen Footprint of Food Production in the EU-27 and Africa

  1. 1. Nitrogen Footprint of Food Production in the EU-27 and Africa Jan Peter Lesschen, Igor Staritsky, Adrian Leip and Oene Oenema Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  2. 2. Outline presentation  Introduction  Model approach  Comparison EU-27 and Africa  N footprint results  Discussion  Conclusions Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  3. 3. Introduction N rehgiH ycneiciffe N in feed Poultry (meat)  Need to increase food production and lower environmental impact  N footprint for EU available  Nitrogen use efficiency is generally low in livestock production systems  N footprint for Africa still Higher N efficiency N rehgiH ycneiciffe Hi eff Poultry (eggs) %02 -01 N regraL tnirptoof %01 -2 doof gk rep Pork (meat) l a eV fe e B Higher N efficiency % 0 2 - 01 l a eV N regraL tn Veal irptoof Cattle (milk) doof gk rep fe 10-20% eB % 01 - 2 Veal Beef Veal 0 20 Larger N 2-10%per kgfootprint 2-10% footprint food 10-20% per kg food Larger N Beef Cattle (beef) 10-20% 40 60 80 Feed N recovery efficiency in edible weight (% ) Beef 100 La fo 2-10% per Sutton et al. (2011), ENA report unknown Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  4. 4. MITERRA-Global  A model for integrated assessment of N (C and P) emissions from agriculture, based on MITERRA-Europe  Global coverage  At country and province level (n= 2467)  Statistics (2007-2009 data) ● 40 crop types (AgroMaps and FAOSTAT) ● 12 livestock types (FAOSTAT)  GIS maps (land cover, soil, climate, N deposition) Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  5. 5. Excretion, emission and leaching factors  Average crop nutrient content based on range of global studies and data sources  Excretion and manure management systems: IPCC 2006 guidelines and GAINS and UNFCCC for EU-27  GHG and SOC: IPCC 2006 guidelines (Tier 1-2)  NH3: EMEP/EEA emission inventory guidebook 2009, Tier 2 approach, based on TAN  N leaching and runoff: according to MITERRA-Europe (Velthof et al., 2009) Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  6. 6. Approach and Nr sources  N footprint = (Ninput – Noutput) / mproduct (Leip et al., 2013) ● Ninput: manure, mineral fertilizer, BNF, deposition  Included reactive N sources: ● Housing and manure management ● Direct (manure, grazing, mineral fertilizer) and indirect soil emissions ● Fertilizer production ● (Fossil fuel use)  Allocation of N inputs and Nr emissions to feed and food crops Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  7. 7. Commodities / functional units 1 kg carcass of meat - beef - pork - chicken 1 kg of cereals 1 kg of potato /root crop 1 kg of leguminous crops 1 kg of milk cow 1 kg of fruits and vegetables 1 kg of sugar crop 1 kg of eggs 1 kg of oil crop Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  8. 8. Total soil N input Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  9. 9. Harvested crop removal Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  10. 10. Soil N surplus Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  11. 11. Reactive N emissions Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  12. 12. N footprint crop commodities N footprint Crop production Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  13. 13. N footprint livestock commodities N footprint Livestock production Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  14. 14. Nr emissions per crop commodity EU-27 Africa Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  15. 15. Nr emissions per livestock commodity EU-27 Africa Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  16. 16. Discussion  Substantial uncertainties, especially for Africa: ● Input data (e.g. grassland yield) ● Allocation of feed to livestock species ● Allocation of manure and fertilizer to different crops ● Nitrogen content crops  Non-ruminants have lower N footprint due to better feed conversion  N footprint based on inputs not necessarily same as N footprint reactive N emissions Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  17. 17. Conclusions  Large differences in the N footprint between food commodities, with plant-based commodities having relatively low N losses and livestock products much higher N losses  N footprint for most food commodities lower in Africa due to very low inputs, however, Nr emissions about equal  N footprint of food consumption more determined by diet choices than region of food production Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013
  18. 18. Thank you janpeter.lesschen@wur.nl Nitrogen Conference, Uganda, 18-11-2013

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