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Phosphate fertiliser 'crisis' threatens world food supply

Phosphate fertiliser 'crisis' threatens world food supply

Use of essential rock phosphate has soared, but scientists fear it could run out within a few decades

The world faces an “imminent crisis” in the supply of phosphate, a critical fertiliser that underpins the world’s food supply, scientists have warned.

Phosphate is an essential mineral for all life on Earth and is added to farmers’ fields in huge quantities. But rock phosphate is a finite resource and the biggest supplies are mined in politically unstable places, posing risks to the many countries that have little or no reserves.

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Tags: agriculture, eco-solutions, fertiliser, future of global food supply, phosphate, phosphorus, soil
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