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Phosphate: a story of plants, science and our survival

Phosphate: a story of plants, science and our survival


Phosphate Every single living thing on this
planet relies on its existence. Every plant Every creature Every human But how we use it,
is just not sustainable. Yes the more phosphate we use,
the greater our crop yields but the more we use, the more environmental
damage we cause through run off that pollutes our water ways, through the
mining process itself. That’s only part of the problem. You see, the food
chain starts with phosphate. All of our food production, all of it, down
to the last grain of rice needs phosphate. And it’s running out. As less is available
it becomes more expensive. In time, subsistence farmers will struggle
to afford enough phosphate, to grow enough food to feed themselves. The farming industry worldwide will begin to
struggle to grow enough food to feed us all. The food that makes it to market
will become more expensive, as there becomes less of it. This thing we call food. An over reliance on phosphate. It’s a problem facing the entire planet. Affecting the billions of
living things on it, including us. But we’re working on a solution. We’re cultivating plants to be
less phosphate reliant. To more efficiently take up
the phosphate they do need. And in the process, we’re helping to
create a more sustainable future for the 7 plus billion of us
that call earth home. Phosphate. Every single living thing
on earth needs it. And it’s running out.

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