Effects of Production and Consumption on Global Mineral Supply

Sunday, 15 February 2015
Exhibit Hall (San Jose Convention Center)
Tracey-Ann A. Wellington, The Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Over the decades concerns have been raised about the future availability of certain essential minerals due to increased rates of population growth and advancements in technology. This project sought to assess the current state of global mineral supply, focusing mainly on the food and energy technology industries. Through analysis of global mineral production and consumption over a 40 year period for Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States, we are able to determine whether or not our current levels of production and resources can accommodate the demands of each industry. The data showed that for the industries in question, the increasing global demand is being met by constantly growing mineral reserves.