Published December 15, 2022 | Version v1
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UK Phosphorus Transformation Strategy: Towards a circular UK food system

  • 1. University of Technology Sydney
  • 2. Queens University Belfast
  • 3. University of Leeds
  • 4. Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
  • 5. Lancaster University
  • 6. University of York
  • 7. UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology


This report sets out the UK’s first comprehensive national phosphorus transformation strategy, based on extensive stakeholder consultation across the UK food system, in addition to economic modelling and biophysical analyses. The UK’s food system is in transition, driven in part by major changes to agricultural policy. It is also under pressure from climate change, land use change, Brexit uncertainties, and unforeseen shocks like COVID-19. However one critical challenge that has not been sufficiently addressed is the secure supply and sustainable use of phosphorus. Phosphorus is a lynchpin of the food system and has no substitute. Yet its mismanagement has led to serious risks of compromising future food and water security in the UK and globally. This Strategy forms part of a larger, 3-year, UKRI-funded research effort, the RePhoKUs project.


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The role of Phosphorus in the Resilience and Sustainability of the UK food system BB/R005842/1
UK Research and Innovation