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Chemical Fertilizer vs. Organic Fertilizer


In the last 60 to 70 years, a phenomenon has happened on farms across the USA, as farmers and gardeners started using Chemical Fertilizer instead of Organic Fertilizer.  From that point we have seen a gradual worsening of soils, resulting in increased insect, disease and weed problems, and foods that have lower and lower nutritional value.


Chemical Fertilizers are what is called “water soluble”.  They are minerals in concentrated form that are readily available to the plant.  Unlike most organic fertilizers, they don’t need the help of the soil to break them down so the plant can utilize them.  They only need the soil to hold them until the plant takes them in.  Water soluble chemical fertilizers contribute little to the health of the soil.  Over time, soils become run down and diseased, and become ever more limited in the types of crops they will grow.


Why Farmers Choose Chemical Fertilizers
Soils and plants need so many more nutrients than Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (also called NPK).  But research has shown that it is these three that are the primary nutrients needed to produce bigger yields.  To the farmer, with all the expenses involved in farming, coupled together with low crop prices, if he doesn’t produce larger yields, he very well won’t be able to make enough money to stay in business.


The issue of Chemical vs. Organic Fertilizer is the same issue faced by people.  Do we live a healthy lifestyle and eat nutritious foods, or do we indulge ourselves and then count on drugs to save us from the consequences?  Because chemical fertilizers do not supply most of the micro-nutrients needed by the soil and plants, soils are out of balance, and disease, insect problems and weed problems multiply. 


To counter these, farmers utilize poisons (insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides) to treat these symptoms.  Of course, these chemicals are detrimental to the soil.  Along with killing the bad, they also kill insects, nematodes, bacteria and other soil life that are beneficial.


Nutritious Foods
Chemical fertilizers may grow a greater volume of food, but organic fertilizers grow more nutritious food.  Both plants and people need a host of micro-nutrients.  Chemical fertilizers only supply a handful of these nutrients, while organic fertilizers provide many more. 


It has been said that blood plasma and plant sap have almost the identical proportion of minerals as are found in the ocean.  In fact, one of the best sources for micro-nutrients is ocean water, where all 76 naturally occurring minerals are available in perfect balance.  This is organic fertilizer at it’s best.  When you give plants and soil the nutrients they need, it means health for your plants, and excellent nutrition for you.


Your Choice
If you choose to use only chemical fertilizers, you are asking for trouble.  Why not add in some organic fertilizers as well.  Better yet, forget the chemical fertilizers, and educate yourself in the use of organic fertilizers.  Our research has shown that when used properly, they will result in less insect damage, fewer diseases, and less weed problems, while giving you a bountiful harvest of highly nutritious foods that have a great shelf life.


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