Stewardship to tackle global phosphorus inefficiency: The case of Europe

Withers, P.J.A. and van Dijk, K.C. and Neset, T.S.S. and Nesme, T. and Oenema, O. and Rubaek, G.H. and Schoumans, O.F. and Smit, B. and Pellerin, S. (2015) Stewardship to tackle global phosphorus inefficiency: The case of Europe. AMBIO, 44 (2). pp. 193-206. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-014-0614-8

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The inefficient use of phosphorus (P) in the food chain is a threat to the global aquatic environment and the health and well-being of citizens, and it is depleting an essential finite natural resource critical for future food security and ecosystem function. We outline a strategic framework of 5R stewardship (Re-align P inputs, Reduce P losses, Recycle P in bioresources, Recover P in wastes, and Redefine P in food systems) to help identify and deliver a range of integrated, cost-effective, and feasible technological innovations to improve P use efficiency in society and reduce Europe�s dependence on P imports. Their combined adoption facilitated by interactive policies, co-operation between upstream and downstream stakeholders (researchers, investors, producers, distributors, and consumers), and more harmonized approaches to P accounting would maximize the resource and environmental benefits and help deliver a more competitive, circular, and sustainable European economy. The case of Europe provides a blueprint for global P stewardship.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Natural Sciences > School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 03:09
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:49
ISSN: 0044-7447
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3687
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1007/s13280-014-0614-8
Publisher: Springer
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