Humanity depends on phosphorus, yet global use of this finite resource is currently unsustainable. We are depleting the Earth’s natural reserves at an exponential rate. Being the second most abundant nutrient applied for food production, utilizing this resource in a more sustainable manner is crucial for a more sustainable future. More than half of phosphorus applied will end up in our waterways, contributing to eutrophication (Harmful Algal Blooms) seen in our most important bodies of water. The US will spend almost $5B each year cleaning up the effects of phosphorus pollution.
“More than 100,000 miles of rivers and streams, close to 2.5 million acres of lakes, reservoirs and ponds, and more than 800 square miles of bays and estuaries in the United States have poor water quality because of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution.”
– Environmental Protection Agency