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Posted by Terrible on April 1, 2008 – 6:29 pm

I’m not saying that this story isn’t out there some where in the blogosphere or the MSM but I haven’t seen it. Heard this yesterday from Farmer Jerrys dad.

INDIA buying up all the commercial fertilizer! They don’t use an awful lot of commercial fertilizer at the farm I deign to help at. But the one time they do use quite a bit is planting corn. They fertilize the corn fields well with manure before planting. But a 10-10-10 starter fertilizer is used when planting to give the corn an extra boost at the early stage and makes a huge difference in the crop come fall. Well aparently when speaking with the fertilizer sales rep last week Donald was told that they couldn’t give him a price yet for this year except that it would be at least $100/ton more then last year. The reason given was that India is buying up fertilizer and that price is not an issue to them. Only after India says they have enough and the companies can look at the remaining inventory and demand will they set a price for American farmers. Interesting, no? So it won’t be just the cost of a barrel of oil that will be effecting the coming famines in America but the greed of American and multi-national corporations. Who woulda guessed?

Update: I did a bit of google searching and have found some more info that explains the situation better. So OK you can get this story other places – so fucking sue me. And get ready for higher food prices!
Farmway Co-op Fertilizer price/supply situation : “Over the past decade, much of our U.S. fertilizer N manufacturing capacity has shut down in the U.S. as a result of sharp increases and fluctuations in natural gas costs, lower-cost foreign competition, domestic environmental regulations, etc.”

Politics & Current Affairs Forum – Fertilizers: Tight supply could leave producers short : “More than 50 percent of U.S. fertilizer nitrogen supply is imported annually and our dependence on foreign imports continues to increase.”


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  1. 1. Mentis Fugit Said:

    The Free Market not working to ‘Merka’s exclusive benefit? Inconceivable!

    Don’t worry, Wal-Mart can always import corn from China.

    I could feel some serious schadenfreude about these trends if it wasn’t for all the good people sitting under the same shit-avalanche as the myopic pricks who are launching it.

    Oh yeah – gas is rapidly approaching $2/litre here (lessee, about US$6.25/gal.)

  2. 2. Saborlas Said:

    After dodging thirty fucking RickRolls, a tech blog where EVERY post is made by Mr. T., risking my posts translated into pirate or Swedish Chef (Bork! Bork! Bork!), and generally navigating the no-man’s-land of utter bullshit the net has become for one day, allow me to express disbelief at pretty much ANY news story posted today that is not recanted or redacted tomorrow.

  3. 3. Terrible Said:

    Well Sabolas when it’s the guy that makes his living selling you fertilizer that’s telling you he doesn’t have it to sell there may be something to it. I do hear where you’re coming from though. But it might be a good time to get to know small local food producers better anyway. ;-)

  4. 4. Anntichrist S. Coulter Said:

    I dunno. To me, it sounds like the same shit that the Saudis shill when they’re jacking the prices up past $100/barrel for unsweetened crude. Fake “depleted supplies” to justify outright robbery on the prices.

    But I’m glad that you posted this, Terrible. I’ve been saying it for 2 years now, maybe enough of us are paying attention to nip this shit in the bud.

  5. 5. Terrible Said:

    I hear you on that Annti! I think it may be more then just profits though – starving off some people is just what the fascists want. And you can bet your last dollar that it won’t be the rich elites that will have to scrounge for food.

  6. 6. Anntichrist S. Coulter Said:

    Well, honey, it never IS, is it.

    Just like Katrina, when those cockbites are calling the shots, a little genocide never hurt anybody did it?

    Or, in the words of a still-unidentified White House staffer on day 3 of the manmade disaster: “Well, THERE’S your solution to the ‘public housing problem’!”

    Once again, it’s them or us. And it damned sure ain’t gonna be me. One good thing about being used to being poor is that you know how to live like a fucking camel, and I ain’t talkin’ about Primus lyrics… oh, wait, that was Southern Culture On The Skids. Nevermind.

  7. 7. Saborlas Said:

    *hands Terrible an R*

    You dropped this.

  8. 8. Terrible Said:

    opps! ;-)

  9. 9. RenB Said:

    Terrible, you HAVE to look into Monsanto via Google. And what they have been trying to push on us.

    Genetically manipulated plants and corn especially, and the government refused and THEN let them plant some test fields last year… which means… those fields are going to get cross-pollinated to other natural fields. The Assholes…

    Why not poison half the world, so they get cancer? This shit has been going on since the Marshall Plan, and if YOU THINK that was out of the fucking goodness of their HEARTS, well, think again. The guy was a Russian captive after WWII. Came back debilitated. And managed a very small farm. And because of the Marshall plan, he had to buy soya at three times the price he could have gotten it elsewhere, and ‘elsewhere’ wouldn’t have been genetically manipulated… I was young. And just shocked.

    And as to prices…. A two pound loaf of fresh bread runs at about US $4.50 right now. A litre of milk, US § 1.45. A little piece of cheese US $ 2.50. And that is the one on sale this week. A litre of gas for your car is up to US 4.OO. Multiply that by four and you nearly get a gallon.

    Pay increases have been minimal over the last ten years, no one keeps up any more. I am very glad, that I can last some months without getting evicted and find a sub-standard cellar cell to house in. We are in a Deprssion, not a recession, and it disgusts me.

    A few super rich ruining lives all over the world, the fuckers.

    Sorry, am angry.

  10. 10. Mentis Fugit Said:

    Jesus, Ren, you’re paying more than double what we are in NZ for your gas, and I thought we had it bad. Strewth! (A US gallon is 3.8 litres though; I suspect you’re thinking of the imperial gallon.)

    Mind you, milk’s US$1.33/l and we’re a huge producer. Overseas prices are so high that export demand pushes the local price up.

  11. 11. Terrible Said:

    renb, I’m familar with some of Monsantos crimes against humanity. Most notably when I think of Monsanto I think of their genetically modified seeds that the plants can’t produce seed so that they effectively are forcing farmers, especially in developing countries, to rely on seed from corporations instead of the 10s of thousands of years old method of saving seed. Basicly Monsanto and similar corporations are planting the seeds(pun intended of course) of humankinds demise.

  12. 12. Terrible Said:

    Speaking of Monsanto I just saw this at CommonDreams:

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  14. 14. Terrible Said:

    arrrrrrgggggg!!!!!! here’s the link, tags ain’t working for me on it!
    http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/04/01/8029/

  15. 15. Terrible Said:

    By the way I can’t believe I didn’t put this in the post or comments yet but I fully support organic farming! I’ve said for years that if it was good enough for my father, my grandfather and for every other generation back there then it works for me! This relience on commercial fertilizers is new and part and parcel of the military/industial complex problem. Commercial fertilizers and fossil fuels are very closely linked ya see. When the price of gas started getting up to over $2.00/gal I’d said to farmer Jerrys dad that fertilizer costs weren’t far behind. A system of local organic agriculture worked fine for all the history of humankind up until 60 years ago. And then it has been based on stupidly unsustainable relience on fossil fuels and commercial fertilizers. Way past time to go back to what works sustainably.

  16. 16. Anntichrist S. Coulter Said:

    Amen and amen again, Terrible.

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