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Scientists discover how to remove harmful phosphorus from wastewater

Natural News does not support the widespread use of chemical fertilizers in agriculture because of the harm that they can do to soil and because of the toxins that they can deposit in nearby streams and water tables. That said, when there is a new technology that seeks to remove chemical toxicity caused by agricultural runoff, we do get pretty jazzed up about that.

Phosphate Metabolism

Phosphorus is one of the most abundant elements in the human body. Most phosphorus in the body is complexed with oxygen as phosphate (PO4). About 85% of the roughly 500 to 700 g of PO4 in the body is contained in bone, where it is an important constituent of the crystal hydroxyapatite. In soft tissues, PO4 is mainly found in the intracellular compartment. It is an integral component of several organic compounds, including nucleic acids and the phospholipids of cell membranes. PO4 is also intimately involved in aerobic and anaerobic energy metabolism.