Can the use of micro-organisms in fertilising products have negative impacts on biodiversity and human, plant and animal health? The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) and the Norwegian Environment Agency have requested the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) to assess the potential impacts to biodiversity and health stemming from the import and use of four groups of organisms.
VKM will assess whether micro-organisms can have a negative impact on plant, animal and human health, whether it is likely that micro-organisms could spread to other areas and whether they have negative impact on biodiversity.
Further, VKM will consider whether micro-organisms could make the soil less suitable for production in a shorter or longer period of time, and disrupt the earth’s nutrient cycles.
New EU regulations The EU Commission proposed for a draft regulation on fertilising products in 2016. The NFSA and the Norwegian Environment Agency regulate the import and use of micro-organisms in fertilising products in Norway.
They request VKM to assess whether import and use of four groups of organisms have negative impacts on biodiversity and health. The four organisms are on a “positive list” of approved micro-organisms in fertilising products. It is not allowed to use micro-organisms not listed on the positive list.
The report will be published in October 2017.