This Might be the World’s Most Important Country

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Morocco has 3/4 of the world’s known reserves of rock phosphate, our main source of phosphorus, so Morocco may be the key to our long-term ability to grow food.

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To learn more, start your googling with these keywords:
Phosphorus – a chemical element used in explosives, matches, and fertilizers (as it is a key nutrient for plant growth)
Phosphate rock – a sedimentary rock containing high amounts of phosphate minerals – the main source of agricultural P fertilizer
Phosphate – a salt or ester of phosphoric acid, containing PO4 -3 or a related anion or a group
4 Rs of Nutrient Management – Right fertilizer source, at the Right rate, at the Right time, and in the Right place
Reserve – the part of a resource that could be economically extracted or produced at the moment
Resource – a concentration of naturally occurring solid, liquid, or gaseous material in or on the Earth’s crust in such form and amount that economic extraction of a commodity from the concentration is currently or potentially feasible
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