Environmental Impacts of Sugar Production: The Cultivation by Oliver D. Cheesman

By Oliver D. Cheesman

Strain from conservationists and lengthening law, signifies that environmental concerns are more and more very important for the sugar undefined. This publication examines the environmental affects of the sugar on the subject of the cultivation of sugar vegetation (cane and beet) and the processing of the uncooked fabrics that they yield. those contain soil erosion, lack of normal behavior resulting in a discount in biodiversity, over the top water intake, water and pollution, and runoff and leaching of food. while a few of these affects are primarily standard affects of agriculture, others, equivalent to these when it comes to irrigation, are extra particular to the cultivation of sugar vegetation. The ebook additionally investigates the usage of waste material from sugar construction, and explores equipment of lowering the environmental affects of sugar construction and processing.

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Environmental regulations/agri-environment schemes A range of legislation was identified as relevant to the potential environmental impacts of UK beet growing, including regulations on the discharge of dangerous substances into groundwaters, nitrate pollution of ground and surface water and various aspects of the use of pesticides. Existing agrienvironment schemes were seen as providing relatively limited opportunities for encouraging environmentally focused management practices amongst most beet growers.

Only registered agrochemicals may be used. Manufacturers’ specifications (label instructions) and legal requirements must be observed, in relation to application, storage and disposal. Staff applying chemicals should be adequately trained and equipped. Equipment should be of an appropriate design and maintained in good working order. ). Similar recommendations are made in relation to crop nutrition and the use of fertilizers and lime. , 1997b). Although designed for use in cane cultivation, these recommendations apply equally well to beet.

Common features of many of these systems are their interactivity and free access granted to growers in the respective areas covered by each. Southern Germany (Burcky and Vierling, 2001) BISZ – an up-to-date, concentrated, interactive, internet-based consultancy and information system for beet growers. Spain (Esteban Baselga, 2001) RECOM – initially interactive software, now an internet-based system, built on a database of Associacion da Investigacion para la Majora del Cultivo de la Remolacha Azucarera (AIMCRA) research, providing information including general data, statistics and recommendations on crop water needs, and a range of crop management practices.

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