Sustainable resource management

Peak phosphorus

Whiteboard seminar with Arno Rosemarin from Stockholm Environment Institute

Phosphorus is an essential part of our food systems. We get our phosphorus through the food we eat, which has been fertilized by mineral or organic fertilizers. Historically, agrarian communities obtained it from manure, along with bone meal and guano. But since the early 1900s, an ever-larger share of the world has relied on chemical fertilisers made with mined phosphorus.

In this whiteboard seminar, SEI senior research fellow Arno Rosemarin explains why the main source of phosphorus is running out and the potential dramatic impacts this might have.

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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