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Peak phosphorus : the next inconvenient truth

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Abstract: Phosphorus, a key component of fertilizers, is crucial for the world’s food supplies. But as reserves of phosphate begin to run out, the impacts are likely be immense – in terms of rising food prices, growing food insecurity and widening inequalities between rich and poor countries. So far, governments, UN agencies and international NGOs have failed to acknowledge, let alone respond to, the problem. Innovative strategies are urgently needed, especially agricultural reforms to reduce the demand for fertilizers, and policies to promote the recovery and reuse of phosphorus from organic waste.
Authors: Rosemarin, A. , Bruijne, G. de , Caldwell, I.
Category: General
End Page: 9
Serial number: 15
ISSN: [1874-2033]
Journal: The Broker
Keywords: agriculture , food
Language: eng
Organization: The Broker
Year: 2009
Region: Global
Right: © 2009 IDP. This article has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license.
Subject: Agriculture and Rural Development
Start Page: 6
Title: Peak phosphorus : the next inconvenient truth