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Posted Thu Jan 15 2009: from Cleantech Blog:
Peak Phosphorus?
First there was 'Peak Oil', then there was talk of 'Peak Water', but 'Peak Phosphorus' may trump them all as a sustainability issue without rival. Fact: Phosphorus is a non-renewable resource for which there is no substitute.... The timing for Peak phosphorus may be 50 years out, or a hundred and fifty years, but as with peak oil, it's not a question of if, but when. There has already been considerable volatility in Phosphorus markets in the past year, possibly related more to volatility in the energy market and this has trickled through into food prices.
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'Doc Jim says:
So, what -- will we have phosphorus speculation soon? Phosphorus default swaps, anyone?
Phosphorus is also a big part of our industrial agricultural fertilizers. Could be trouble down the line, though heck -- we have fifty years or so, right?

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