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The end of phosphorus

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"Dr. Ann C. Wilkie" <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 13 Sep 2011 18:35:16 -0400

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The end of phosphorus.
American Public Media/ Marketplace, aired on NPR, Monday, September 12, 2011.
http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/12/pm-the-end-of-phosphorus/


A key ingredient in fertilizer, phosphorus is becoming more rare, more
expensive -- which is stimulating some innovative ways to find more.

KAI RYSSDAL: You've heard, perhaps, of the theory of peak oil -- the
idea that there's only so much crude out there to be had and when we
start to run out, that's it.

There's another critical resource out there whose coming peak has gotten
much less attention. But unlike oil, it has no alternative. We truly
can't live without phosphorus. The vast majority of the world's supply
is locked up in just one country. So how do we fight the coming
phosphorus shortage?

The answer, says Marketplace's Jeff Horwich, lies not in our stars, but
-- quite literally -- in ourselves.

Phosphorus binds our DNA together. There's no substitute for phosphorus
in agriculture or in biology -- we can't just swap something else in
there, that's not going to work. That's why it's a critical ingredient
in fertilizer. If you buy "10-10-10," say for your garden, that middle
number -- that's phosphorus. Here's the problem: The world uses so much
fertilizer, and so much phosphorus -- and there's only so much in the
ground. Morocco is the kingpin of phosphate right now -- 85 percent of
the global phosphate reserves are now identified in Morocco.

So what usually happens when you have insatiable demand and closely held
supply? Well, phosphate prices are up 150 percent since 2007; 60 percent
in just the last year. Fertilizer is already too expensive for many
farmers in Africa. American farmers and consumers feel that same pinch.

So other than digging in Morocco, where do we get more phosphorus?
Here's a hint: the symbol for phosphorus on the periodic table... is
"P." And there it is -- the valuable byproduct. All over the place.

Recycling in the face of resource scarcity is not a new idea. It's just
we now will probably have to do this with phosphorus.

You can listen to the full story at the link above.

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Dr. Ann C. Wilkie                          Tel: (352)392-8699
Soil and Water Science Department          Fax: (352)392-7008
University of Florida-IFAS
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Gainesville, FL 32611-0960
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