Phosphates provide the energy that plants need to take root, flourish and, ultimately, produce the food we all need to survive.
From their beginnings deep inside rock-hard volcanic lava, to the moment a farmer ploughs them back into the soil of his field, their journey is one that impacts millions of people around the world.
Take Brazil, for example. Here, phosphates are not only powering agricultural progress and supporting the appetite of a nation, they are also helping increase the country's exports of fresh fruit, vegetables and grain crops.
Already, the social and economic benefits of this blossoming industry are being felt by people, communities and businesses throughout Brazil.
In fact, without phosphates, it's fair to say the future would look a lot less rosy.