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European Commission starts consultation on sustainable use of phosphorus

5:43 AM MDT | July 8, 2013 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Commission says it has launched a consultation on how to use phosphorus—widely used in agriculture and an essential component in fertilizer and animal feed—in a more sustainable way. Supply is limited, the price has been volatile, much is wasted, and there is no substitute. As a result, there are concerns about the cost and availability of future supplies. The aim of the consultation is to stimulate debate on the use of phosphorus, including ways to use it more efficiently. Options worth exploring include using fertilizer and feed in a...

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