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Minpeng Chen, Yunfan Wan & Li Yue

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Chapter 62: Fertilizers: Food Security and the Resource Nexus

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Fertilizers: Food Security and the Resource Nexus
Fertilizers: Food Security and the Resource Nexus
Minpeng ChenYunfan WanLi Yue
Introduction

The availability of fertilizer, particularly mineral fertilizer, is a key factor in food and fiber production and has contributed greatly to the rising production needed to feed and clothe the increasing human population all over the world. Over the coming years, as global population is expected to increase by about 35% from the current 6.9 billion to an expected 9.3 billion by 2050, the world demand for food and fiber will continue to increase (Stewart & Roberts, 2012). Furthermore, the diet shift toward more meat consumption and increasing production of biofuels will exert more pressure on the world's crop production system. To accommodate the rapidly changing world, it ...

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