A Problem For Generations

The Phosphorus Paradox

The problem we are trying to combat is not a new one. As long as 40.000 years ago, pre-agrarian societies such as the Aboriginal hunter-gatheres used controled patchwork burning to manitpulate their environment. Not only did it reduce the fuel build up that could light intense wildfires, but it converted unavailable phosphorus bound in soil and plant matter into an inorganic for in ash. (c15) Author Aldous Huxley wrote in his  dystopian science-fiction novel “Brave New World”, published in 1932;

“on their way up the chimney the gases go through four separate treatments. Phosphorous used to go right out of circulation every thme they cremated some one. Now they recover over ninety-eight per cent of it….Fine to think we dan go on being socially useful even after we’re dead.  Making plants grow.” (c16)