The consumer’s role in sustainable nutrient management

Individual citizens, companies, and organizations contribute to how nutrients are used, and also feel the effects of poor management.

Individual citizens, companies, and organizations contribute to how nutrients are used, and also feel the effects of poor management. Individual and group behavior with regards to what food to purchase, and how they handle organic waste, as well as the policies they support with their votes can affect many parts of the food and waste system. Quantifying the impact of choices (e.g., creating country specific phosphorus footprints to match nitrogen footprints), as well as linking these quantities to behavioral change strategies (e.g., book chapter underway looking at the importance of human diets, certification schemes, and food waste in Our Phosphorus Futures) represent important steps forward to transforming nutrient management.
Market in Hong Kong. Urban decisions of food consumption, sanitation infrastructure, and support for the reuse of properly treated organic waste in agriculture impact the entire food chain. Market in Hong Kong. Urban decisions of food consumption, sanitation infrastructure, and support for the reuse of properly treated organic waste in agriculture impact the entire food chain. Photo credit Genevieve Metson

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The U.S. consumer phosphorus footprint: where do nitrogen and phosphorus diverge?
Geneviève S Metson1,2,3,4, Graham K MacDonald5, Allison M Leach6, Jana E Compton3, John A Harrison4 and James N Galloway7
Published October 13, 2020 • © 2020 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd Environmental Research Letters, Volume 15, Number 10

 

The phosphorus footprint of Swedish households (English
Bennet, Tobias, Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Bergmark, William, Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Claesson, Susanna, Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Holte, Erika, Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

2019 (Swedish) Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 12 credits / 18 HE credits. Student thesis. 
Supervisors: Tonderski, Karin, Metson, Genevieve. Examiners: Hargeby, Anders

 

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