Our Phosphorus Future

TitleOur Phosphorus Future
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsBrownlie W, Sutton M, Heal KV, Reay DS, Spears B
Date Published08/2022
Institution UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH)
ISBN Number9781906698799
Other Numbers2022/01

Global food security remains threatened as many farmers struggle to afford sufficient phosphorus fertiliser for their crops. Meanwhile, overuse of fertilisers and sewage pollution pump millions of tonnes of phosphorus into lakes and rivers each year, damaging biodiversity and affecting water quality. This report is a comprehensive global analysis of the challenges and possible solutions to the phosphorus crisis. The report calls on governments across the world to adopt a '50, 50, 50' goal: a 50 per cent reduction in global pollution of phosphorus and a 50 per cent increase in recycling of the nutrient by the year 2050. The report has been written by a team of 40 international experts from 17 countries led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) and the University of Edinburgh.