Chapter Building A Sustainable Agriculture

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Phosphorus cannot be obtained from the atmosphere by leguminous plants, as is the case with nitrogen. Nor is it as widely available in soils as is potassium, which is supplied by the breakdown of potassium feldspar and various clay minerals. Presently, phosphorus is supplied through the mining of phosphate ores.

Available phosphorus sources may be economically depleted in 130 years at current energy prices. Phosphate ore extraction is an energy-demanding process. Energy depletion may considerably shorten the lifetime of phosphorus mining operations. Incidentally, a valuable amount of phosphates are wasted in detergents and then go unreclaimed through our sewage treatment systems.

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