Minerals will power future food supplies

Mortality rates across the globe are falling, as people everywhere continue to live longer, despite the continuing impact of disease and poor sanitation in certain areas. In the future, agricultural products will thus need to be treated like other finite resources such as metals or oil as the number of mouths to feed increased; these products will become much vaunted strategic commodities.

For this reason, agrominerals, a range of particularly nutritious minerals that provide the major mass of bulk fertilisers, are becoming increasingly talked about. Potash is one of the more well-known of these minerals, so much so that all Agrominerals are often labeled as Potash. In reality it is a mineralized form of Potassium. Generally, it is found in relatively shallow deposits, formed over many eras from sediments of lagoons and pools.

For investors, the agromineral offers an alternative way to approach the rapid rate of growth and urbanisation in China, India and other emerging markets. The urbanisation apparent in these areas is seeing a shift from rural, labour-orientated agricultural communities into major cities. Experts believe this will lead to a long term and sustained demand for manufactured fertilisers, as these countries adopt modern fertilization and crop farming techniques.

Despite this, Canada plays host to most of the established and listed Potash firms, as clued-up mining investors there understand the markets of specialty minerals better than most. Investors in London, however, are starting to show a greater interest.