In the past 30 years, Chinese famers have applied up to 30 percent of the world’s fertilizers and pesticides on 9 percent of global cropland. Fertilizer overuse is now a major cause of environmental pollution, putting at risk food security goals.
To address these issues, the government has launched a series of initiatives aimed at promoting the use of organic fertilizers. The study investigates the development of biofertilizers in China’s agricultural sector, asesses potential ecological and economic risks, and provides an outlook for further development.
Authors: Zhiyong Ruan (CAAS), Qingyun Ma (CAAS), Eva Sternfeld (DCZ)