Chemical fertilizers have their uses, but they also have hidden dangers that most people are not aware of. Whether used in a farm or lawn, applying more than the plants can use to help them grow results in damage to the environment and human health. Because the damage caused by chemical fertilizers is often long-term and cumulative, it may be wiser to consider alternative and sustainable methods of fertilizing the soil.
There’s a good reason for synthetic fertilizer’s bad reputation. On an industrial scale, these chemical megadoses trickle down into river systems, where they’ve created a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico and it is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and contributes greatly to climate change that we are already experiencing the global warming. On a backyard level, synthetic fertilizers face a more paradoxical accusation: Organic gardeners argue that they ultimately ruin the soil exterminating healthy microorganisms that help vegetables thrive.
Much like humans, the soil needs a delicate balance of nutrients to remain healthy. While NPK can definitely help plants and crops grow, simply adding them to the soil without regard for keeping the balance can lead to unintended consequences or hidden dangers.
At worst, chemical fertilizers may increase the risks of developing cancer in adults and children and adversely affecting fetal brain development. This is not news to scientists. A 1994 study by the University of Wisconsin suggests showing that typical concentrations of nitrate (a common fertilizer) and a pesticide in the groundwater may compromise the nervous, endocrine, and immune system of young children and developing fetuses. A study in 1973 associates high levels of sodium nitrate in groundwater with the prevalence of gastric cancer, and another one in 1996 with that of testicular cancer.
It seems like everywhere you look, chemical contamination is causing major health problems and it’s putting our lives in danger. If this is so critical and danger, why there aren’t enough of safety rules for us to prevent all these chaos? It’s simple. It is all about money.
In 1976, Congress moved to keep Americans safe from dangerous chemicals by passing the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). But astonishingly, the legislation hasn’t been updated since. Our nation’s primary defense against toxic chemicals comes from an era when the cold war was in full action.
Here’s how bad things have gotten in the meantime: of the 82,000 chemicals registered for commercial use since the TSCA first went into effect, just two hundred have undergone health and safety testing by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – and new safety rules have been created for just five of them.
When an early version of the bill was introduced back in 2013, interest groups supporting the legislation directed more than $54 million in political contributions to U.S. Senators, outspending an opposing coalition of consumer rights and public health advocacy groups by a huge 8-to-1 margin. The chemical industry also has a massive lobbying presence on Capitol Hill. Chemical fertilizer industries willing to spend big on political contributions and lobbying get to write their own rules, even if it means putting regular people in danger and polluting our environment.
So if the chemical fertilizer is not an option in this case, then let’s only talk about organic fertilizer. The very term “organic” fertilizer can be confusing. It can refer to composted leaves, grasses and table scraps. It can refer to guano, mined and shipped over thousands of miles and then packaged in plastic. It can refer to atomized cattle and fish corpses. Or it can refer to manure. Unlike chemical fertilizers, which in most places are required to list their specific nutrient values, some of these other commercial products can be a big bag of who-knows-what.
Most of the organic fertilizer companies are using manure in their product. “Many of the nutrients in manure are in organic and inorganic form,” said Carrie Laboski, an assistant professor and extension soil scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “And the plant only picks up the inorganic form. Maybe 50 percent of your total N”—nitrogen—“ is in organic form.” That nitrogen- which benefits vegetable yields — is not immediately available to your plants, she explained.
Moisture levels and warmth affect how much nitrogen can be readily used. That said, “plants are going to be able to use that inorganic N immediately,” Dr. Laboski continued, “because it’s the same chemicals you’ll see in a chemical fertilizer. And then the rest of the nitrogen starts breaking down.” So basically, the nutrients in manure that would actually go into my plants are the same ones I’d buy in a synthetic fertilizer bag on the market.
Wow! That leaves us with not much of an option at this point ironically.
Here comes the great news to all organic growers. Organic fertilizer company Shin Nong finally achieved the latest modern technology and developed a “PRO ORGANIC”. It is 100% organic fertilizer and it never harms our environment. The PRO ORGANIC is formulated with 17 natural minerals and it’s called Rare Earth Elements (REEs). This is incredibly beneficial to all the plants & crops and it also enriches the soil by promoting microorganism activity. REEs have shown interesting biological effects on plants and it is able to affect the growth and development. Application of PRO ORGANIC can promote the germination of seeds and roots development, increase plant biomass, and improve the quality of fruiting bodies. PRO ORGANIC will help plants to grow healthy and strong.
Since PRO ORGANIC is 100% organic, it has no danger of over-concentration and this organic fertilizer does not contain any animal manure.
Try for your plants and the result is incomparable with any other products. Hopes to eliminate the usage of the chemical product in order to save our environment.