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Revolutionizing Cultivation through Fertilizers

Oct 8th 2015 at 5:46 AM

The term “Revolution” is not as scary as the government makes it sound. It is not as scary as the old martyrs sang and died. Revolution can be something extremely positive, and there are worldwide instances to prove this fact. The White Revolution, the Green Revolution and the Industrial Revolution – all these turned the world around for good. Agriculture is one of the major industries worldwide, and also something that cannot be replaced. Food is life, and growing food is sustaining life. Agriculture should, by all means, be practiced in the healthiest and most ethical way possible.

When agriculture was in the growing and innovation stages, the manufacture and use of chemical fertilizers shot up like leapfrog. The overwhelming results of using chemical fertilizers were too hard to resist by the farmers, so the blind use began. Chemical fertilizers are compounds that contain certain nutrients that plants need (in chemical form). The application of these fertilizers to the soil helps crops grow. When the yield increased for the first time through the use of chemical fertilizers, everyone believed it to be a huge success (which, in terms of farmer’s economy, was very justified). Little did they know that these fertilizers only fetched short-term result?

When use of these fertilizers was made in a recurring manner, year after year, the soil health began to decline, as did the crop yield. When there was no fertility left in the crop land anymore, people realized that chemical fertilizer was actually a slow poison that gave temporary high yield. To increase crop yield, famers used chemical fertilizers rampantly and destroyed their soil. The long-term harmful effects of using chemical fertilizers include soil degradation, water table pollution, land pollution, etc. When this was finally realized people started looking for alternative ways to help their crops grow. It became common knowledge that on the pretence of replenishing soil nutrients, fertilizers were only adding nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous while depleting all the other nutrients that are found in fertile soil.

Trend then shifted towards organic fertilizer. This fertilizer was not made from chemicals, but was made from organic residues of things found around a farm – dead leaves, animals, dung, etc. Since this fertilizer was made from natural things, it was not harmful in anyway, although the amount of nutrients found this fertilizers could not match the quantity of a factory-manufactured chemical product. Using this fertilizer brought about an improvement in crop yield without degrading the soil in any way. This improvement in the yield from crops was more or less constant through the crop years, thus it was established that it worked without harming the environment. It was particularly liked by gardeners because it took care of the waste that was generated in the garden. Garden fertilizer also came into being by utilizing any kind of waste that was produced in a garden. These harmless fertilizers began to be used very widely when it became known that there are benefits to be reaped through waste.

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Tommy Reddington is an expert in organic gardening techniques who also likes to write many articles and blogs, allowing people to adopt the best practices and techniques to make their backyards naturally grown and maintained. He recommends as the name to trust for organic fertilisers, biowash, pesticides and other natural gardening resources.

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