Do you live in the River Welland catchment? Please consider helping us out with some research into dietary habitats and the consumption of phosphorus in the Welland Valley.
Applied to fields as a fertiliser in large quantities, phosphorus is an essential component of modern agriculture that increases yields and helps produce enough food for an ever-growing global population; the use of phosphorus has quadrupled in the last 50 years as agricultural output has intensified. However, rock phosphate, a naturally occurring mineral source, is a finite resource with the majority of the world’s reserves held in politically unstable areas. Domestic supplies of phosphorus could run out in a generation raising serious questions about future food security.
You can read more about the issue here:
The Welland Valley Partnership is now working in collaboration with the RePhoKUs Project to assess knowledge of the problem and indirect consumption of phosphorus in the Welland Valley. The Welland Valley Partnership are taking a particular interest in the study as the widespread use of phosphorus also has implications for the health of our freshwater environment.
The online questionnaire below will take less than 5 minutes to complete and your contribution will make a fantastic difference to the research project. Thank you!