Is “Peak Fertilizer” Nearer Than We Think? New Report Fuels Concern

By: Sami Grover

Earlier this week John was musing about how “peak fertilizer” could make manure a valuable commodity once more, and if Gene Logsdon’s guide to managing manure is to be believed, some mega-farmers are getting back into livestock precisely because it gives them access to poop. Now a new report adds fuel to this fire—suggesting that peak phosphorous, and the threat to our food systems that it represents, could be with us much sooner than previously thought.

Released by UK organic farming group the Soil Association, the new freely downloadable report, entitled A Rock and a Hard Place: Peak phosphorous and the threat to our food security, is likely to make uncomfortable but important reading for farmers—and indeed anyone who likes to eat.

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