TidBit of the Day: Rising Food Prices and Phosphorus

| December 22, 2010

The TV is buzzing about rising food prices – in 2008, 40 riots occurred to protest these rising costs. Little known is that diminishing sources of phosphorus is having an impact on these fluctuations.

What the heck is phosphorus?

According to Foreign Policy (an article you should read), phosphorus is “used extensively for a variety of key functions in all living things, including the construction of DNA and cell membranes.” In other words, it helps our plants grow, it helps our bones grow. Without it, we’re kinda in trouble. Yet the U.S. only as 12 phosphorus mines and although we used to export it, we now have to import about 10% to meet our needs (not counting everybody else’s need in the world).

I’m not quite sure what to do about preventing a global food shortage or damage to our ecosystem because of dwindling supplies, but perhaps a start is to find out how our agricultural subsidies and policies are making the situation better or worse.

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  1. kristy says:

    Belinda, I felt the same too! Soon or later we will be facing global food shortage. Plus our planet is sick and making it even worst. Whateverso, try to stay happy during this festive season. Wishing you & your famly a very Merry Christmas. Hope you’re having a marvellous time & enjoy the night. May god bless you all.
    Best wishes, Kristy((hugs))

  2. Belinda, I love your global perspective.

  3. Jen says:

    I’ve been hearing about this and it’s very scary. Not sure what can be done. We are running out of energy and food.

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