Wet blankets are fun! They are what we use to smother fires Wink.
Hang around, sog some more!
Thanks Ms Boo! I appreciate your kindness.
I had posted a useless comment about growing palms in the everglades, to effect probably it's not quite tropical enough. But you knew that anyhow having lived nearby. Sometimes I seem to post just to hear my own voice and invariably am embarassed later. End of "poor me" rant.
Hmm - world nitrate supply... Haber's process fixed that for the time being. That same Asimov essay pointed out the other vital ingredient in fertilizer is phosphorous and the world's most significant phosphate deposits are in, you guessed it, the mideast.... Syria and Iran both have lively phosphate industries, and uranium runs with phosphate. When I worked for the electric company our reactor fuel was derived from the phosphate mines of NW Florida.
So!!!! after the oil wars play out we can have a whole new round of squabbles over fertilizer feedstock... maybe fission fuel too...
I think the name of that Asimov essay was "Life's Bottleneck" and it was in a book titled "Fact and Fancy" published 1960-ish. I know I read it in tenth grade, winter of 1961-62.
Do you think it just a coincidence that Mother Nature chose to particularly endow the mideast with both the oil and phosphates so essential to the ascent of man?
Cogito ergo doleo.