Journal article

Key sustainability challenges for the global phosphorus resource, their implications for global food security, and options for mitigation

Rubel Biswas Chowdhury, Graham A Moore, Anthony J Weatherley, Meenakshi Arora

Journal of Cleaner Production | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Global food security is a priority for the future development agenda of the United Nations. Given the high dependence of the modern global food production system on the continuous supply of commercial phosphorus (P) fertilizers, the goal of achieving global food security could be hampered by any form of paucity of the global P resource. P is a finite, non-substitutable, non-renewable, and geographically restricted resource. The anthropogenic influences on this critical resource are likely to pose a number of challenges to its sustainability. Based on an in-depth and systematic review of recently published literature, this study presents a detailed, methodical, and up to date assessment of th..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support received from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE), Australia through its Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships scheme. We also acknowledge the financial support of the Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia. We would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers and editors for their constructive criticism and valuable suggestions that helped to significantly improve the quality of the paper.