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Sutton, M.A., A. Bleeker, C.M. Howard, M. Bekunda, B. Grizzeetti, W. de Vries, H.J.M. van Grinsven, Y.P. Abrol, T.K. Adhya, G. Billen, E.A. Davidson, A. Datta, R. Diaz, J.W. Erisman, X.J. Liu, O. Oenema, C. Palm, N. Rughuram, S. Reis, R.W. Scholz, T. Sims, H. Westhoek and F.S. Zhang. 2013. Our Nutrient World: The challenge to produce more food and energy with less pollution. Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh. 128 p.

Number of pages: 128

ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-906698-40-9

Type of document: Book

Related webpage or webdocument: initrogen.org/uploads/rte/ONW.pdf

More information on authors/freelancers connected to LBI :
J. W. Erisman


Language of document: English

Title in English: Our Nutrient World: The challenge to produce more food and energy with less pollution

Abstract / summary in English:

This report draws attention to the multiple benefits and threats of human nutrient use. It highlights how nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers are estimated to feed half the human population alive today, and how they will remain critical in the future, especially given increasing population and potential bioenergy needs. Yet high nutrient use has created a web of pollution affecting the environment and human health, while insufficient access to nutrients has led to soil degradation, causing food insecurity and exacerbating loss of natural ecosystems. The report shows how these problems cross all global change challenges, threatening water, air and soil quality, climate balance, stratospheric ozone and biodiversity.


Keywords in English: nitrogen, phosphorus, nutrient, nutrients , pollution, nutrient use, nutrient cycle, soil degradation, policy


Our Nutrient World: The challenge  to produce more food and energy with less pollution