We need to rethink on Phosphorous

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Recently I asked the SA when we would be allowed to recycle sewage to avoid wasting nutrients – and they said it’s all down to European regulations on organic standards. It’s great that they are now campaigning to do just that.

– Jason Ball

“A radical rethink of how we farm, what we eat and how we deal with human excreta, so that adequate phosphorus levels can be maintained without reliance on mined phosphate, is crucial for ensuring our future food supplies.”
Dr Isobel Tomlinson, Soil Association policy and campaigns officer and author of the report ‘A rock and a hard place: Peak phosphorus and the threat to our food security’, November 2010

A new report from the Soil Association reveals that supplies of phosphate rock are running out faster than previously thought and that declining supplies and higher prices of phosphate are a new threat to global food security. ‘A rock and a hard place: Peak phosphorus and the threat to our food security’ highlights the urgent need for farming to become less reliant on phosphate rock-based fertiliser.
The Times (27 Nov)
Press release: New threat to global food security as phosphate supplies become increasingly scarce
Download the report here

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