Phosphorus: A Resource in Decline
Resource scarcity is an increasing concern, and phosphorus is one of these declining resources. Phosphorus is present in all living species, is a key component in DNA and cell structures, and is also directly linked to modern agriculture in the form of commercial fertilizer derived from mined phosphate rock. Each year, to the detriment of our environment, more than 100 million tons of phosphate rock are mined and processed into fertilizer. Experts estimate that peak production may occur within the next 40 years.
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