Rittmann, Elser discuss phosphorous issue and potential power of poop

Rittmann, Elser discuss phosphorous issue and potential power of poop

March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014

ASU Regents’ Professor Jim Elser and Bruce Rittmann have been raising public awareness on a chemical commodity that may represent the equivalent of the peak oil supply issue for the 21st century---an element called phosphorous.

In an article in Slate’s Future Tense called “The Dirty Way to Feed 9 Billion People” and an appearance on local PBS affiliate KAET’s HorizonElser and Rittmann, underscore the importance of phosphorous as the “bedrock of modern agriculture”, which has accumulated in ancient seabeds and high-quality phosphate rock. (phosphate is PO43-, the major form of phosphorous). 

 

Written by: Joe Caspermeyer