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  •  A major factor is the cost of fuel to (0+ / 0-)

    transport and refrigerate [as needed] food; has anyone bothered to factor that in?

    It's a whole confluence of many things that are causing the increase, the price of fertilizer is not germane to many 3rd world countries, because they don't use commercial fertilizer, anyway.

    Price of transport, refrigeration, fertilization, running a farm ..

    Drought and flooding in places where it is not normal have these events is destroying natural growing cycles.

    Even increasing demand due more and more people, and less and less farmland.  

    "Change doesn't happen from the top down,
    it happens from the bottom up." Barack Obama

    by shpilk on Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 07:04:46 PM PDT

    •  Developing countries certainly use commercial (0+ / 0-)

      fertilizers, despite what we may think of them.  Especially countries that have been touched by the international groups like World Bank and IMF.  Increasingly they produce cash crops, not locally eaten and varied crops.  Because of a focus on cash crops, they need and use commerical fertilizers just like the rest of the world.

      True, they may use less than "Developed" countries.  But huge amounts are still used, especially for their cash crops.  Many of these countries import food from places like America because it is cheaper (thanks to a healthy subsidy call the Farm Bill).  

      "Baby, if I told you I was a race with 1% of precincts reporting, would you call me?"

      by Daxton16 on Mon Apr 28, 2008 at 04:13:41 PM PDT

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