Question 1: What role does fertilizer play in achieving global food security?

Over half of the world’s crop yields are attributable to fertilizer, so fertilizer must be central to any discussion of global food security.

The fact is, each day the world has 150,000 new mouths to feed. The expanding middle class, with its increasing demand for resource-intensive proteins such as meat, plus climate change and water scarcity—all of these factors add to the pressure on global agriculture. Clearly, feeding a growing, changing world is one of the defining challenges of our lifetime.

Mosaic’s mission is to help the world grow the food it needs. We believe the answer to this monumental challenge lies in “sustainable intensification”—producing more food, sustainably, and in a way that respects and preserves our natural world. We simply cannot achieve this without the many benefits of mineral fertilizers.

Fertilizer nourishes plants, which in turn nourish people. When appropriately applied, Mosaic’s products—phosphate and potash crop nutrients—help farmers get more food and grain out of each acre they farm. Without fertilizer, much more land would be required to meet global demand—which contributes to deforestation and biodiversity loss.

To help promote efficient fertilizer use, Mosaic supports the 4Rs Nutrient Stewardship Framework—using the Right Source of fertilizer at the Right Rate, at the Right Time and in the Right Place. This program encourages farmers around the world to be good stewards of the environment while maximizing their yields.