Agro watershed

A revolution in farming is in the offing across Europe, courtesy the new Water Framework Directive . The order must become a national law across the 15-nation European Union (eu) bloc by the end of 2003. It sets tough new limits on the level of pollutants permitted in rivers and groundwater that will force land-use changes. "Farmers are going to have to retreat,' says Simon Harrison of Ireland's University College Cork. "In the last decade of the 20th century, 95 per cent of British freshwater was polluted by nutrients