juin 24, 2008

Western Sahara, Hunger Crisis, Biofuel and Phosphorus

Scientists warn of lack of vital phosphorus as biofuels raise demand, by Leo Lewis, Asia Business Correspondent, The Times June 23, 2008
« Battered by soaring fertiliser prices and rioting rice farmers, the global food industry may also have to deal with a potentially catastrophic future shortage of phosphorus, scientists say.
Because supplies of phosphates suitable for mining are so limited, a new geopolitical map may be drawn around the remaining reserves - a dynamic that would give a sudden boost to the global importance of Morocco, which holds 32 per cent of the world's proven reserves. Beyond Morocco, the world's chief phosphorus reserves for export are concentrated in Western Sahara, South Africa, Jordan, Syria and Russia.(...) »
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