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Closing the phosphorus cycle

Phosphorus recovery is as important for closing the phosphorus cycle as its discovery 350 years ago was for food production. A new analysis highlights costs and benefits of creating value from the wastes generated by our food systems and modern lifestyles.

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Fig. 1: A phosphorus (P) recovery plant in the Netherlands.

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Withers, P.J.A. Closing the phosphorus cycle. Nat Sustain 2, 1001–1002 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0428-6

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