Pros and Cons of Using Agricultural Fertilizers

Pros and Cons of Using Agricultural Fertilizers

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Chris
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Chris

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.

Kylie Dotts
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Kylie Dotts

I didn’t know that chemical fertilizers contained nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous. Considering that the human body has a need for those nutrients it would make sense that the food we eat would need them as well. Getting a good plant supplement so your crop can grow well would be important so it is as nutrient filled as possible to help the people who consume it live healthily.

Sahar Webb
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Sahar Webb

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… Read more »

Derek Mcdoogle
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Derek Mcdoogle

You mentioned that because fertilizers provide the primary nutrients needed for efficient plant growth, plants are able to grow more quickly and larger than if they weren’t being fed the fertilizers. Do farmers use natural fertilizers more often than other types? My cousin loves to farm and wants to open his own ranch. Finding some natural fertilizers to use might be his best option.

Sara Popescu Slavikova
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Hi Derek, thank you for your comment. Your cousin should definitely look first for natural alternatives, because they will pay off on a long term – you can also look at the previous comment about benefits of permaculture. Unfortunately, chemical fertilizers are still being used in intensive farming, but negative impacts of their use are becoming more and more visible (water poll., health issues).

Xander King
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Xander King

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?”

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