Pros and Cons of Using Agricultural Fertilizers

Pros and Cons of Using Agricultural Fertilizers
  1. Interesting article. I think half the Western World are unaware that most of the fruit & vegetables they buy from supermarkets is grown by injecting liquid chemical fertilizers into the watering systems.

  2. Soils naturally contain many nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, calcium, and potassium. These nutrients allow plants to grow. When soil nutrients are missing or in short supply, plants suffer from nutrient deficiency and stop growing. When the nutrient level is too low, the plant cannot function properly and produce the food necessary to feed the worlds’ population.

    Fertilizer is one of the most important management practices used to determine turf grass quality. Fertilizer will affect the general health of the plant. The healthier the plant is, the better the turf grass stand can compete and tolerate competing pests, like weeds, disease and insects.

  3. This article does a good job summarizing the pros and cons of the usage of synthetic fertilizer. But I’m curious why permaculture offers the better solution and and does permaculture affect the local ecology of farmlands like synthetic fertilizers do and how does permaculture play a role in some problems caused by fertilizer use such as eutrophication?”

    1. Hi Xander, great question! Permaculture seeks to intentionally design our farming systems using the wisdom of nature and respects our planet’s limitations. This means that by using permaculture, we produce food in ways that support the natural ecology of the soil, respect the natural cycles of ecosystems such as the water cycle and the nitrogen cycle, and protect biodiversity.

      1. Permaculture also employs methods that prevent problems such eutrophication, since ecologically-friendly methods are used to enhance and maintain the soil’s fertility in place on the landscape, thereby eliminating the need to add chemical fertilizers in the first place.

        1. Permaculture farming prevents runoff and excessive nutrients from entering waterways because no tilling occurs, no chemical fertilizers are used, and water is captured and stored high on the landscape, thereby preventing eutrophication from ever occurring. If done properly, it should restore landscapes and make them more productive, just like natural ecosystems do. Hope this was helpful! – Rebecca

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