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Fertilizer Crisis Means Higher Prices for Every Plate of Food (Repeat)

Prices for crop nutrients soar to records as the global energy squeeze hits production.

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(This story was originally published on Nov. 3. Today, the North American fertilizer price index rose to an all-time high.)

Fertilizer is so vital to Walter do Carmo Padua Jr.’s coffee trees that he can’t imagine producing any beans without it. That’s a problem because getting his hands on the stuff is now harder than any time in his 20 years of farming as the world faces record fertilizer prices in the latest threat to food security.