Global Phosphorus Research Initiative releases “Declaration on Global Phosphorus Security”
Towards Phosphorous Security
According to Dr. Don Mavinic, Professor and Assistant Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British, “Current global phosphorus usage practices are threatening the world’s future ability to produce food and are responsible for widespread eutrophication.”
“Phosphorus is an essential element for all life, and a limiting nutrient in food production. The main source of phosphorus for fertilizer production today is phosphate rock – a non-renewable resource.”
“This background provides context for the action by the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative in releasing a Declaration on Global Phosphorus Security. We believe that action is required to achieve phosphorus security.”
About the Global Phosphorus Rsearch Initiative
The Global Phosphorus Research Initiative (GPRI) is a collaboration between independent research institutes in Europe, Australia and North America. The main objective of the GPRI is to facilitate quality interdisciplinary research on global phosphorus security for future food production.
The GPRI was co-founded in early 2008 by researchers at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and the Department of Water and Environmental Studies at Linköping University, Sweden. UBC is a member.