Countries are running out of phosphorus.
The phosphorus problem
Phosphorus equals food
Without phosphorus, we can't produce food. Phosphorus is as essential as water, carbon or oxygen.
Growing food demand, growing phosphorus demand
Nine billion mouths to feed by 2050 with growing appetite for meat and dairy means increasing demand for phosphorus.
An inefficient global food system
Phosphorus is mis-managed. Four-fifths is lost or wasted getting from mine to field to fork.
Finite phosphate: we've used up the good stuff
High quality phosphate rock is running out, and other resources are much more expensive.
Cheap fertilizer - a thing of the past for farmers
Farmers need access to phosphorus, yet a billion farmers lack access to fertilizer markets.
Geopolitical risks: an issue of national security?
75% of the world's remaining phosphorus is in Morocco. The US has 20 years left. Europe and Australia have practically none.