07 Jul '11, 12pm

Phosphate: A Critical Resource Misused and Now Running Low from @YaleE360

Phosphate: A Critical Resource Misused and Now Running Low from @YaleE360

Phosphate: A Critical Resource Misused and Now Running Out Phosphate has been essential to feeding the world since the Green Revolution, but its excessive use as a fertilizer has led to widespread pollution and eutrophication. Now, many of the world’s remaining reserves are starting to run low. by fred pearce If you wanted to really mess with the world’s food production, a good place to start would be Bou Craa, located in the desert miles from anywhere in the Western Sahara. They don’t grow much here, but Bou Craa is a mine containing one of the world’s largest reserves of phosphate rock. Most of us, most days, will eat some food grown on fields fertilized by phosphate rock from this mine. And there is no substitute. The Western Sahara is an occupied territory. In 1976, when Spanish colonialists left, its neighbor Morocco invaded, and has held it ever since. Most observers...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/phosphate_a_critical_resourc...

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