This requirement specifies that nutrient inputs—plant, animal, or mineral—not only supply crops with necessary nutrients but also help build soil quality. It also requires producers to manage nutrient inputs in a way that ensures food safety and protects the environment. To meet these objectives, you need to be careful not to apply more
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nutrients than the plant needs or to apply them in a way that leaves them vulnerable to runoff or erosion. You also need to be aware that some composts, manures, or other inputs may contain substances that can be harmful to human health or to the environment.
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