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New posting to Sustainable P Initiative blog "The Case for Source Separation" http://ow.ly/L6hgN
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Simulation demos Environmental Fiscal Reform at European Phosphorus Conference | The Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation http://ow.ly/L5rOf
BERLIN 5 MARCH 2015: As an extra attraction at the 2nd European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference (ESPC2), The Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation (TSSEF.SE) presented a shortened version of its simulation of divided-bearing pollutant fee mechanisms. The simulation, which is played as a ...
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To protect water, we need phosphorus #sustainability. Save the P(ee), keep water clean 4 all! #worldwaterday #wateris http://ow.ly/KCTn1
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Are you in P-related industry, start-up, NGO? Interested in food security and/or water quality? North Amer Partnership for P Sustainability (NAPPS) is getting started, modeled on European P Platform. Visit sustainableP.asu.edu for info or DM. Pls RT! Spread the word!
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The new Phosphorus Sustainability "bible", "Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future" is out, via Oxford University Press.  Get yourself a copy if you're interested in anything or everything phosphorus!   #sustainability   #phosphorus   #phosphate   #fertilizer   #food  
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Here is a summary of ideas discussed at the recently completed P Sustainability RCN kickoff event in Washington DC.  We welcome your comments and feedback.

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One million tons of chicken waste in Alabama every year. Where does it all go? http://s.al.com/WzSzs3N via @aldotcom
So, if Alabama produces a billion chickens weighing approximately five pounds each, that leaves more than a million tons of poultry waste.
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It's chicken "manure," not chicken waste.  It is a highly sought-after and valuable N, P, and organic matter rich fertilizer, that is substituted for more costly commercial fertilizers on area pastures and row crops.  If applied sustainably, it can improve water quality.  Plus, the birds are usually grown to a six pound weight, depending on integrator.
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Role of nutrients??? Why you need to watch out for Lake Mead algae http://azc.cc/1GB5u7N via @azcentral
A bacterial toxin has been found in a blue-green algae at Lake Mead. The toxin can cause skin irritation.
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Here is the recording of a Google+ Hangout On Air sponsored by the UK Consulate General.  Title:  "No Phosphorus?  No Food for Us!" that was recorded during the RCN's recent meeting in Tempe Arizona
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Our goal is to synthesize data, perspectives, and understanding about phosphorus to envision, analyze, and communicate solutions for P sustainability.
Introduction
Sustainable Phosphorus Research Coordination Network

Phosphorus is a chemical element central to biology and, due to its role as a fertilizer, to agricultural production. Nonetheless, concerns about the medium- and long-term sustainability of the current P-use practices are increasing. These concerns involve the well-known, but seemingly intractable, problem of P runoff from farms, towns, and cities as well as more recent geological and geopolitical uncertainties about sources of P. These issues surrounding P sustainability are deeply complex and involve diverse geological, biogeochemical, economic, and geopolitical dimensions. However, environmental degradation due to nutrient runoff and potential threats to global food security urgently call for an end to this disjointed approach to phsphorus. We need to synthesize data, perspectives, and understanding about phosphorus to analyze, envision, and communicate solutions for P sustainability. This is the goal of our P Sustainability Resarch Coordination Network(RCN).

The P RCN has identified two main challenges for achieving a closed (and thus sustainable human P cycle that must be met:

  • Challenge 1: Improving P efficiency in food production.
  • Challenge 2: Developing Robust pathways of P recycling.

Finally, making progress on these two challenges presents a third, even broader, challenge:

  • Challenge 3: Integrating efficiency and recycling to create a sustainable food system.

Objectives

Current human use of P is unsustainable, as geopolitical uncertainties threaten food security while wasteful use pollutes rivers, lakes and oceans.

The P Sustainability RCN will:

  • Coordinate and integrate disconnected geological, agronomic, biogeochemical, economic, and sociological data and perspectives related to P sustainability;
  • Design and assess institutional, commercial, technological, and pyschological solutions in conservation, recycling, and equitable distribution to establish P sustainability;
  • Engage policy makers throughout the process to bridge the gap between undertanding and enacting solutions.