Potash is a key nutrient in growing wheat, rice, soy and corn. But Its cost has shot up by 240% over the last year and this will lead to a shortage of food and high prices. The main reason is sanctions.
Russia and Belarus supply 40% of the world’s potash but the EU has blocked supplies.
The sanctions are not just hitting ordinary people in Russia – they are hitting working people In Ireland and Europe. The poor suffer because they spend a higher proportion of their income on food.
Yet instead of pressing for peace in Ukraine, Varadkar wants more war.
Addressing a meeting of the European People Party in Rotterdam, Varadkar opposed a ceasefire and called for more sanctions and weapons to be sent to Ukraine.
But he also revealed his real agenda – he wants a referendum to bring Ireland into a European Army.
During the Lisbon treaty referendum in 2009, People Before Profit was accused of ‘scaremongering’ when we claimed the political establishment was trying to drag us into a European army.
But now they are using the Ukraine crisis to push their real aims. They calculate that the longer the war drags on, the greater the chance of winning a referendum on a European Army.
We need to stand up against this rhetoric. End the sanctions on food and fertilisers – cut the prices.