Securing a sustainable phosphorus future for Australia: implications of global phosphorus scarcity and possible solutions

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Institute for Sustainable Futures
Publication Type:
Report
Citation:
2010, pp. 1 - 47
Issue Date:
2010-01
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Food production is fundamentally dependent on inputs of key natural resources, including water, energy and nutrients. Meeting the needs of a growing world population means agricultural fields will need to expand or intensify, either way requiring more fertilisers, including phosphorus (FAO, 2006). Unlike energy and water resources, there is very little discussion, research and policies that addresses long-term availability and accessibility of phosphorus for global food production. Yet the worlds main source of phosphorus phosphate rock is declining in both quantity and quality. Indeed, peak phosphorus is anticipated in the coming decades, after which demand will exceed suppl
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