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Record number 404463
Title Sustainable use of phosphorus : EU tender ENV.B1/ETU/2009/0025
Author(s) Schroder, J.J.; Cordell, D.; Smit, A.L.; Rosemarin, A.
Source Wageningen : Plant Research International (Report / Plant Research International 357) - 122
Department(s) PPO/PRI AGRO Duurzame Bedrijfssystemen
Publication type Research report
Publication year 2010
Keyword(s) fosfor - kringlopen - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - verarming - verliezen - natuurfosfaat - gebruiksefficiëntie - landbouwbeleid - europese unie - phosphorus - cycling - sustainability - depletion - losses - rock phosphate - use efficiency - agricultural policy - european union
Categories Fertilizers, Fertilizer Application
Abstract As sustainable phosphorus use will sooner or later become essential for global food security, action is needed. As far as the required actions are concerned, the report has identified short-term and long-term policy options which could improve the current level of phosphorus use efficiency in agriculture. The report emphasizes, however, that policies should not be developed in isolation, let alone for agriculture only, but that all parts of the chain, that is primary production, processing and consumption, should be addressed in an integrative way. The current reliance on imported rock-based phosphorus (‘3 kg P per European citizen per year’) can not be continued in the long run. To become truly sustainable, phosphorus use efficiency must approach a level close to 100% in each chain. Therefore, a full recycling of phosphorus will become a condition sine qua non for global and European food security. The urgency of policies and measures needed for that will be determined by the phosphate rock reserves considered exploitable (including geopolitically and legally accessible), the prevention of accumulation and losses, the size of the global population and its preferences in terms of food, feed, fibers and fuels, and its appreciation of biodiversity. This will require drastic adjustments to the way we manage agriculture, and it may also require adjustments to our society as a whole, including the processing of our ‘wastes’.
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