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Primary Producers

February 26, 2013
source: Monde Diplomatique: Atlas: 2013

source: Monde Diplomatique: Atlas: 2013



Hevea = Natural Rubber

Huile de palme = Palm Oil

Platine = Platinum

Argent = Silver

Terres Rares = Rare Earth Elements


or put another way…

– more than 50% of the world’s natural rubber comes from two countries – Indonesia and Thailand

– 85% of the world’s palm oil comes from two countries – Malaysia and Indonesia

– 87% of the world’s lithium comes from three countries – Chile, China and Australia (although there are reports that Afghanistan could possibly become the `Saudi Arabia’ of lithium production). Think of what would happen to the anti-depressant industry if half of their populations turned out to be like ours: bipolar.

– 53% of the world’s reserves in copper come from three countries – Chile, Peru and Australia.

– 64% of the world’s cobalt comes from two adjoining African countries – the Congo and Zambia

– 87% of the world’s platinum comes from two countries – South Africa and Russia

– 47% of the world’s silver comes from three countries – Mexico, Peru and China

– 63% of the world’s uranium comes from three countries – Canada, Kazakhstan and Australia.

– 97.3% of all rare earth elements come from one country, China.



Debtocracy – a YouTube program produced in Greece with subtitles in English. Runs an hour and fifteen minutes. Is quite good.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. aurelia aurita permalink
    February 26, 2013 2:14 pm

    I belive the information because the source is Le Monde Diplomatique, but last figure somewhere is odd

    • March 4, 2013 10:25 am

      perhaps it refers not to `reserves’ but to where it currently is being mined.

  2. aurelia aurita permalink
    February 26, 2013 2:17 pm

    Reblogged this on Nuevas cartografías de la energía and commented:
    Raro, rarito…, pero me temo que estas son las nuevas cartografias de los nuevos recursos. Aconsejo seguir los enlaces sugeridos en el texto

  3. March 2, 2013 11:38 am

    Perdonad mi comentario, de lo anterior se deduce que ni somos ni seremos libres jamás.

    • March 2, 2013 11:46 am

      Hello Maria Jose…

      Yep, that is how it appears. (if I understood your Spanish – that according to the commentary, we are not, nor will we ever be free)…but think of it another way – we are all linked (if you want to be a pessimist about it) `chained’ to one another and dependent upon one another now and forever. a marriage, even for those who don’t believe in marriage – a global `shot gun’ marriage

      best wishes, Rob P.

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