It’s great to see peak phosphate getting a mention in the mainstream press like this! I’m just so relieved that The Guardian is covering it. Although the print version of Guardian is behind a few other English papers, the Guardian online is second only to the New York Times!
As Wikipedia says:
The Guardian had a certified average daily circulation of 283,063 copies in March 2010, behind The Daily Telegraph and The Times, but ahead of The Independent. The website, guardian.co.uk, is one of the highest-traffic English-language news websites. According to its editor, The Guardian has the second largest online readership of any English-language newspaper in the world, after the New York Times.
Anyway, as I said, this week the Guardian is covering peak phosphate.
“Our primary source – rock phosphate – is mined for use in fertilisers and that’s expected to peak around 2030. It means that right at the time we need to be doubling our food-growing capacity to feed the rising global population, we’ll be starting to run out of phosphorus. It’s a nightmare scenario.”
The solution could lie in recovering phosphate from organic waste that currently ends up being sent to landfill. The UK produces about 100 million tonnes of organic waste each year, which could generate up to seven per cent of the UK’s renewable energy by 2020, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).