Natural gas: the not-so-secret ingredient required for your food

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21 September 17, 10:11am Gas export controls threaten energy security & could push gas prices higher. More gas production is the real answer https://t.co/iYrSBAbZF9
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18 September 17, 1:01pm WA’s planned fracking inquiry will waste time & money. History & many reviews have shown fracking is done safely https://t.co/v2sDAeNiY2
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15 September 17, 10:21am Australian gas producers responding to tight supply. A dozen new supply contracts & projects announced since March https://t.co/pOW6D8AnCA
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7 September 17, 2:28pm New contracts show gas industry can ease tight eastern gas market. But policies must cut costs &risks of development https://t.co/TUFgFZPQDO
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Natural gas critical in making fertiliser

Most of the worlds’ food growth indirectly relies on natural gas. Natural gas is mainly methane, or CH4, the major source of hydrogen used to make the fertiliser that increases crop output.

According to the Agronomy Journal, 30 to 50% of crop yield is attributable to commercial fertiliser nutrient inputs. Fertiliser is so important to the way food is produced, that by some estimates almost half the people on the Earth are currently fed as a result of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer use.

In the late 1800s, some were concerned that the world’s population growth would outstrip food production, and that a mass starvation was inevitable. In 1918, Fritz Haber won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his theoretical solution to creating nitrogen, which plants need to grow. Shortly after, Carl Bosch commercialised the solution, which resulted in synthetic fertiliser. Nearly a hundred years on, we live in a world transformed by and highly dependent upon Haber–Bosch nitrogen.

Natural gas is critical to making fertiliser and access to natural gas recently drove one company to build its production facility in the U.S, where gas production is booming (read about it here).

Natural gas is abundant in Australia and can promote massive benefits to Australia’s prosperity as well. Let’s not let any more opportunities get away.