March 29, 2023



Scientists warn of ‘phosphogeddon’ as critical fertiliser shortages loom

The Guardian

, Science editor
Sun 12 Mar 2023 05.00 EDTLast modified on Sun 12 Mar 2023 07.20 EDT


Our planet faces “phosphogeddon”, scientists have warned. They fear our misuse of phosphorus could lead to deadly shortages of fertilisers that would disrupt global food production.

At the same time, phosphate fertiliser washed from fields – together with sewage inputs into rivers, lakes and seas – is giving rise to widespread algal blooms and creating aquatic dead zones that threaten fish stocks.

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