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Why We Need Fertilisers

 

Sir William Crooks FRS

Sir William Crooks FRS

1898 The world cannot feed itself by ‘natural’ means…

Sir William Crookes warned that conventional agriculture could not feed the exploding population without fixing Nitrogen from the air. At the time, natural nitrates and guano were imported from Chile.

Short video presentation about fertilisers; why we need them and what issues they cause for society.


John Beddington CMG FRS 
Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government

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A perfect storm of global events… why we need fertilisers

A "perfect storm" of food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources threaten to unleash public unrest, cross-border conflicts and mass migration as people flee from the worst-affected regions. By 2030 the world will need to produce 50 per cent more food and energy, together with 30 per cent more available fresh water, whilst mitigating and adapting to climate change.