Carbon emssions academic?

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Cuts in the West, increases in the East

Robert Rapier, blogger and author, has drawn ire from both sides of the climate change debate. But recently, he said the debate is academic. Rapier argued that while profligate producers of C02 such as the United States and Europe have reduced carbon emissions (especially in the wake of higher oil prices), those reductions are being overwhelmed by increased emissions from the Asia Pacific region. He reported via his blog:

"By characterizing the debate as academic, I don’t mean to suggest that the situation is in any way unimportant. I certainly think it’s possible that there will be devastating consequences as global carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise. But the reason I think it’s academic is that regardless of how much we debate it, global carbon dioxide emissions will continue to rise for reasons I lay out in the book, and that are evident in the graphic above. I view the debate over carbon emissions as akin to debating how to stop the arrival of an impending hurricane. We won’t in fact stop that hurricane because that is beyond our control, so what we really have to do is plan on how to ride it out and deal with the aftermath. I would argue that global carbon emissions are also beyond our control because they are being driven by individuals who use very little energy (although they collectively use a lot), but who will use a lot more if given the opportunity."

Rapier pointed out that even if the U.S. And Europe went to zero emission, the world would still be at its overall emission rate from 1994. He said that overall carbon dioxide emission in developing countries is already higher per capita than in more developed countries, but that energy use in developing countries is considerably lower than in developed countries. Rapier concluded that it’s hard to believe that both energy use and emissions will do anything but increase as more advanced technology is adopted in developing countries. You can find the posting and more of Rapier’s opinion at

MFA Precision makes industry news

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MFA Precision Agronomy Services and manager Rick Greene were the cover story in October CropLife magazine, a top ag-retail industry publication. Greene says both MFA's program and the precision industry has gone full circle in the last several years and talks about how MFA developed one of the top precision programs in the country. Read more here.

Bus stop, MFA's mangager Buyer's Market

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Rolling exhibit features phosphate education geared toward consumers

A couple times per year MFA managers gather in Columbia, Mo., to meet with agricultural product vendors. It’s a chance for the vendors to do a lot of business in one place, and it’s a chance for MFA managers to exert their collective buying power to bring the best prices they can to your retail store. This year at the Buyer’s Market, there was a unique visitor—The Mosaic Express. The Mosaic Express is a 42-foot rolling exhibit that shows the importance phosphate plays in not just agriculture, but in nutrition, manufacturing and the economy.

The motor-coach exhibit was designed and built with the intent to help educate people in Florida, home to some 70 percent of the nation’s phosphate rock supply. Jim Johnson, Mosaic Public Affairs Coordinator (and the guy who drives the bus) said that as the world’s top producer and marketer of phosphate and potash, Mosaic recognizes the need to inform the public about the necessity of the minerals for everyday living. Johnson said that while the exhibit was designed to travel in mining regions of Florida, its popularity has brought it to a wider audience.

“It’s designed and built to be accessible at a sixth-grade level,” Johnson said. “We’ve had 29,000 people through the exhibit in the first year and a half.”

And while you might think a rolling museum about basic minerals wouldn’t be that compelling, the custom, interactive exhibits engage visitors. Telling someone how phosphate affects their life might take a little background information, but Johnson said there is a way to know when you’ve done a good job.

“The word I hear most when people are leaving is ‘awesome’ from the kids. The adults just say, ‘I had no idea.’”

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