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Why phosphate?

Without plentiful phosphate supplies, the wheels will come off modern agriculture.

Inside Mining, May 2015

Phosphate is a naturally occurring mineral containing the element phosphorus, found in all known forms of life. There are no known substitutes for phosphorus. Phosphate plays a significant role in food production to ensure the future existence of humanity. It is an essential component for the survival and growth of every living organism, which is why the agricultural industry relies on fertilisers that contain phosphate.

Phosphate rock [photo]

Why fertiliser?

Humans consume crop and animal products for nourishment, while crops get most of their nutrient requirements from the soil. Many soils do not provide all the nutrients in quantities needed by crops, while soil nutrients removed from fertile soil by continuous cropping must be replaced through the addition of nutrient sources, such as fertilisers.

Fertilisers provide plants with the nutrients required for growth. The addition of fertilisers to plants increases their development, yield and quality which means more crops can be produced on the limited farmland available, often in a shorter time period.

Without fertiliser increasing the productivity of soil the world would need at least 50% more farmland – the equivalent of converting almost a quarter of global forest reserves into cultivated land.

Plant growth [photo]
Over the next 50 years farmers will have to produce as much food as they produced in the last 10,000 years.

International fertiliser Industry Association

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