Phosphorus, essential for good plant growth and sustaining crop yields around the world is a vulnerable and finite resource. And yet there’s no international or even local governance on how it’s used so everyone, from local gardeners to big agri business will one day face phosphorous insecurity.
And like so many other natural resources that are essential, vulnerable and finite, we humans love to squander it, with overuse of phosphorus a major polluter of the world’s river bodies and oceans.
UTS (University of Technology Sydney) has won a grant for a new project Phosphorus: Future Urban Transformations of Under-Governed Resources by Engaging Stakeholders (P-FUTURES) which will study phosphorous use in four cities in Vietnam (Hanoi), Australia (Sydney), Ghana (Kumasi) and the USA (Phoenix). The team will assess the vulnerability of these urban populations to phosphorus insecurity.