As world population continues to grow, so does the demand for food. Over the long term, fertilizer producers are expected to see an increase in demand as adequate soil fertilizer is key to crop yield. Companies in this space, like CF Industries and Potash Corp., should feel positive market effects from the demand, but plant, facility, and equipment investments must be maintained, purchased or upgraded to facilitate the increased production.
Oil has been and currently is an important staple in today’s energy economy, but its price history has a track record of unpredictable volatility. Lately, growing oil supplies and the resulting depressed oil price have benefited the United States and its fellow industrialized nations. While many are enjoying the low cost of energy, concern over the future of oil price and its impacts on the economy still remain.
At the end of this century, “we will need twice as much coffee at least – more probably three times as much…with less than 50 percent of the [coffee-growing] land available” says Andrea Illy, Chairman and CEO of Italian coffee company Illy.
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