Essential Element Becoming Scarce Experts Warn of Impending Phosphorus Crisis

The element phosphorus is essential to human life and the most important ingredient in fertilizer. But experts warn that the world's reserves of phosphate rock are becoming depleted. Is recycling sewage the answer?
Phosphorus is essential to agriculture, but experts warn reserves are starting to run out.

Phosphorus is essential to agriculture, but experts warn reserves are starting to run out.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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