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in Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability

Published by Berkshire Publishing Group

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780190622664
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190622664

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Phosphorus is an important element for living organisms. Modern agriculture uses most of the phosphate resource by adding phosphorus to the soil via fertilizer, replacing its natural erosion into the soil and sometimes causing eutrophication (when decomposed plants and algae deplete fresh water of oxygen, causing fish and animals to die). Phosphorus reserves are finite, thus agricultural, behavioral, waste, and water management methods are needed to maintain this resource’s sustainability.

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Subjects: Science and Mathematics

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