Warning of world phosphate shortage

“Quite simply, without phosphorus we cannot produce food,” says Dana Cordell of the Institute of Sustainable Futures, based in Sydney.

Mar 11, 2008 (THE AUSTRALIAN) — The exponential growth in global food production has not only sent the price of fertilisers skyrocketing, but could lead to a world shortage of phosphate within decades.

Beyond a temporary market spike driven by richer developing countries and increased supply of biofuels, researchers are warning that the world could face dwindling supplies of phosphate by 2040 unless steps are taken to use it more efficiently and recover it from human waste. Full Report