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Opening access to the black box: The need for reporting on the global phosphorus supply chain
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. University of Iceland, Iceland.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0884-0656
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. University of Iceland, Iceland.
Number of Authors: 42020 (English)In: Ambio, ISSN 0044-7447, E-ISSN 1654-7209, Vol. 49, no 4, p. 881-891Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Phosphorus (P) is an essential macronutrient in agriculture; however, lack of reporting makes its supply chain a black box. By using literature synthesis on the P challenge, we identify four areas where the reporting process is problematic: P reserves and resources; P losses along the supply chain; P externalities; and access to data. We find that in these areas, the reporting system is inconsistent, inaccurate, incomplete, fragmented and non-transparent. We use systems analysis to discuss implications of reporting on the sustainability of the P supply chain. We find that reporting is essential for the achievement of global P governance and the human right to adequate food. It can also inform decision makers and other impacted stakeholders on policies on agriculture, food security, pollution and international conflict. An improved P reporting process also allows a better evaluation of global sustainability commitments such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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2020. Vol. 49, no 4, p. 881-891
Keywords [en]
Global governance, Open access data, Phosphorus, Supply chain, Systems analysis
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-179474DOI: 10.1007/s13280-019-01240-8ISI: 000514813600003PubMedID: 31485920OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-179474DiVA, id: diva2:1415060
Available from: 2020-03-17 Created: 2020-03-17 Last updated: 2020-03-17Bibliographically approved

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