Politics / Datasets in Switzerland

Politics / DatasetsThe federal government and the cantons are making great efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
and promote biodiversity.

The latter, however, tend to be eroded again by extensive fertilization from the air and animal welfare programs, since improved animal welfare contradicts the environmental goals of agriculture. In particular, i. e. in free-range stalls the ammonia emissions are higher than in stalls in which the cattle are tied.

What ammonia causes in terms of costs

ammoniaUrine and feces produce ammonia (NH3) emissions. Together with nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions from industry and traffic, fine dust crystals form in the air. This fine dust crystal constellation makes up more than 30% of all fine dust in Switzerland.

The total costs of this air pollution increase depending on the calculation between CHF 940 million and CHF 3.8 billion per year. These overall costs are particularly visible in the health sector, for example in the care of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Fertilization / process in the soil

Basically, it can be said that nutrients in acidified slurry are absorbed by plants faster and with better quality. There is a simple reason for this: plant roots can absorb nitrogen in the form of urea, ammonium or nitrate.

Due to the rapid conversion of ammonia and urea into ammonium (which is generated during our processing), plants usually absorb nitrogen in the form of ammonium after application. This so-called “active uptake” has the advantage that the plants only absorb as much nitrogen as they need in their maturity stage. The plant population can thus control the amount of nitrogen absorbed and thus i. e. produce the right strength on cell walls and at the same time significantly increase their N fertilizer exploitation.