Thomas Ramey Watson

We’re Quickly Running Out of a Chemical Essential to Growing Food

In the not-too-distant future, demand for phosphorus could outstrip supply, playing out a familiar scenario of scarcity, price shocks, riots, starvation and war.

March 17, 2010 |

“P” is for phosphorus, the stuff of life, and “p” is for “peak phosphorus” by 2030, ecologists say, unless — presto! — pee can be turned into gold through modern-day alchemy.

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More reason to go green by recycling everything we can and conserving.

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