The British Survey of Fertiliser Practice* suggests that the steady decline in agricultural land area receiving lime in Britain appears to be reversing slowly for arable agriculture, but for grassland agriculture it is a differerent and more worrying story – see ‘News and Events’ for more information.
The survey also concludes that this area is still considerably less than that calculated to require liming. In addition, it states the principle causes of acidification have not lessened, and it is reasonable to believe that significant areas of arable land, and more particularly grassland, are at a pH level which could limit productivity.
*Organised and jointly funded by the Fertiliser Manufacturers' Association (FMA), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Scottish Executive Rural Affairs.
“In 2011, the PAS 2050 carbon footprint of Limex 70, Super 70 and Ecofil70 was certified by the Carbon Trust as being footprint number 4 kg CO2e per tonne of product.”
The fundamental core of LimeX's business is one of sustainability both in its manufacture and its usage. By recycling the limestone used in the processing of the sugar beet at British Sugar's factories it ensures a valuable resource is used in a sustainable way.
The British beet sugar industry aims to transform all of its inputs into sustainable products:
The following illustration shows a schematic overview of British Sugar's sustainable operations - click here to enlarge it.
More information on British Sugar's environmental policies can be found at www.britishsugar.co.uk