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Greenhouse gas emissions from nitrogen fertilizers

The increasing production and use of nitrogen fertilizers exert extreme pressure on the environment. There are ways to mitigate its harmful impacts without sacrificing food quality and quantity.

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Fig. 1: Food production heavily relies on nitrogen added to soil to sustain crop growth.

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Jain, A.K. Greenhouse gas emissions from nitrogen fertilizers. Nat Food 4, 139–140 (2023).

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