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Chemical Fertilizer Shortages Will Force Transition to Organic Farming

Most people agree that industrial agriculture places a higher burden on the earth in terms of soil nutrient depletion, pollution of water through run-off of nitrogen and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) waste. But what most people don’t realize is that the resources that are used to produce chemical fertilizers are diminishing and the industry may be facing shortages in the not-too-distant future.

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Photo: Egilshay/iStockPhoto. Chemical fertilizer.

Sustainable Farming Is The Future

The production of chemical fertilizer depends on the mining of two very crucial elements: phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). These elements are found in Canada, Russia, and surrounding states, and Morocco. While nitrogen can be manufactured through synthesis, potassium and phosphorus cannot. So what happens when the world becomes dependent on a resource concentrated in a small number of countries–that’s not as abundant as it once was?

Dr. Mercola gives us a glimpse of what this future might look like:

If it’s true that we may at some point face a shortage of phosphorus and potassium, large-scale farming facilities would be hard-pressed to produce much of anything after a short while. Such shortages might even lead to geopolitical strife, as phosphate rock is primarily concentrated in the occupied territory of the Western Sahara region of Morocco. It may sound farfetched to some, but how far would a nation go to secure access to such a location if the future of the entire agricultural industry and food supply depended on it?

Stated quite simply: there will have to be a change if we are to sustain life on this planet.

In this fascinating article Dr. Mercola explains how organic, sustainable farming could be the saving grace and the way we escape this industrial chemical and GMO-dependent crop nightmare.

In the study just mentioned, the researchers concluded that government policies supporting monoculture are “outdated,” and that it’s time for support to be shifted toward programs that promote crop rotation and organic farming. As it turns out, when you eliminate the agricultural chemicals, specialized machinery and multi-million dollar buildings, fuel costs, insurance costs, and the rest of the steep financial requirements of a big industrial operation, your cost of producing food takes a serious dive into the doable. And did I mention… the food from organic farms tend to be far more nutritious, besides being free of toxic contaminants?

Read the full article here.

Find out how sustainable farming can feed the world better than the current industrial food system here.

About Julia

Julia is a non-purist who strives to be a purist in the organic, whole foods life. She has two young kids who challenge her at dinner time, and lunch time…and snack time, and breakfast. "Give me some chemicals Mommy!" is what she feels like she hears at these meals. She truly admires the moms out there who freely, and passionately make their food from scratch. Can she be one of them? Probably not, but she tries. Julia is the co-founder of Two Sister Organics, a natural and organic skin care company, and Eating Local & Organic.

One comment

  1. When there is failure of the resources to produce this chemical fertilizer then it is best to resort to organic fertilizers. I believe that these organic fertilizers are also a good substitute for these chemically made fertilizers. My brother is making his own fertilizer for his plants and we see a very big difference and he is also saving money from it. I also hope that there are more studies and research that will be done for this and that they will be funded by the government. Organic for me is really nice.

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