Welland Dietary Phosphorus Survey

Welland Dietary Phosphorus Survey

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:

“Phosphate fertiliser ‘crisis’ threatens world food supply”, The Guardian, 6th September 2019.

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!


Where can I find information on which foods are high in phosphorous?! I’m aware of the effects of agricultural phosphate fertilisers on the aquatic environment (I’m an aquatic ecologist, though mostly marine now rather than freshwater), I assume that dietary phosphate effects are similar, but the route to the aquatic environment is through ingestion and then sewage effluent?

The survey is flawed.
The question about knowing about and then about whether to change behaviour based on knowing about phosphorous should include a don’t know option – at the moment it creates a sticking point in the questionnaire – I just gave answers to move to the next page.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the study and provide feedback Deb. I have passed your comments on to the research team.

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