Amazing fertilizer facts

Via the Foreign Policy Blog:

  • It takes five years to get a phosphate (fertilizer) plant up and running
  • Ammonia costs have tripled over the past decade
  • Sulphur costs have gone from $55 to $450 in the past year
  • Ocean shipping costs have gone from $35 to $100
  • Morocco, “the Saudi Arabia of phosphate,” has raised phosphate prices from $55 to $250 a ton. They’re headed for $400 a ton
  • China has imposed a 135 percent export tax on fertilizer
  • The Indian government will dole out more on fertilizer subsidies in 2008 than it spends on its military

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