|Chemical vs Organic Fertilizers -
Organic fertilizers differ from chemicals in that they feed your plants
while building the soil. Soils with lots of organic material remain
loose and airy, hold more moisture and nutrients, foster growth of soil
organisms, and promote healthier plant root development. If only
chemicals are added the soil gradually loses its organic matter and
microbiotic activity. As this material is used up, the soil structure
deteriorates, becoming compact, lifeless and less able to hold water
and nutrients. This results in increased amounts of fertilizers needed
to feed plants.
|N-P-K in Fertilizers
|Organic Fertilizers vs. Synthetic
|Chemical Fertilizers ARE Dangerous -
No matter what we're told or how much we may try to delude ourselves, intuitively, we
all know that chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are harmful. Why else would chemical fertilization companies be required to put those little signs in everyones' lawns that say " - STAY OFF THE GRASS - " for X days after application? Why do they wear boots and gloves and masks (the smart ones anyway)? Because it isn't safe!!
So, do you think it is really safe once they remove the signs? No. It is simply saf - er - .
The question is, how many exposures to a safer lawn will it take to
equal the toxic results of being exposed to an unsafe lawn that has one
of those little signs on it? How many times each week do your children and pets go out and run around
and roll in the grass, rubbing those chemicals all over their body and
ingesting the dust and/or fumes?
"But," you say, "I don't have a fertilizer company doing my lawn. I do it
myself." Do you really think that the fertilizer you apply yourself,
that you bought at the local nursery, is any safer than the fertilizer
applied by fertilization companies? Of course it's not. Let's be real.
|In fact, let's talk cold hard facts. A study done by the California Public
Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) Charitable Trust and Washingtons
Safe Food and Fertilizer tested 29 fertilizers from 12 states for 22
toxic metals. Their report "WASTE LANDS: THE THREAT OF TOXIC
FERTILIZER" documents the results of these fertilizer samples and
demonstrates that the problem of toxic fertilizers is widespread.
testing showed that 29 fertilizers tested contained 22 toxic heavy
metals, many of which are known carcinogens or are considered possible
cancer causing agents. Four of these fertilizers were brand name
fertilizers marketed to unknowing consumers who generally apply these
product in even greater amounts than recommended by the manufacturer.
At least one of the fertilizers tested is a MAJOR brand used by a large
percentage of commercial lawncare and landscape companies.
Is this really what we want our children and our pets playing on? Toxic
waste that is heavily regulated if a company chooses to try and
"dispose" of it, but is virtually unguarded if they give it to chemical
fertilizer companies as filler material?
Read the report for yourself at their website: Waste Lands: The Threat Of Toxic Fertilizer
|So, Why Are You Still Applying Chemical Fertilizers? -
Certainly not because they are safer. So, why? Because they work better? Because
they are easier to apply? Because they are cheaper? Fully formulated, - all natural - ,
organic fertilizer products will outperform chemical fertilizers every
time, especially over long term use (and many times even over the short
term). But, many are simply too expensive or too difficult to apply.
AGGRAND is different, and I'll prove it to you. Take control of your family's
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|AGRO CHEMICALS! - From the beginning of human history
through the 1940's, virtually all of the agriculture on earth was organic and sustainable.
That is to say, food was grown without the aid of chemicals
|In the late 1940's - chemical agriculture was introduced on a wide scale and we were
led to believe that the use of chemicals would result in better crops, increased yield and lower input costs. We
were also assured that the chemical fertilizers were safe. Subsequently, we found out that
chemical fertilizers were not safe, they upset the natural balance in the soils and destroyed the natural
soil microorganisms necessary for healthy plant growth
|After using chemical fertilizers for a few seasons, we experienced significant crop destruction from insect invasion. Again chemicals provided the solution in the form of a pesticide called DDT and again we were assured that this chemical was safe
|After using DDT for a while we discovered that it was not safe but was in fact a
powerful cancer-causing substance. In addition, we discovered that the insects that were not killed by the
DDT produced offspring that were immune to it
|The simple fact is, many chemicals that are marketed as totally safe for humans are later
found to be harmful. For example, EDB (Ethylene dibro-mide) was marketed in the 1950's as an insecticide
and a post-harvest fumigant for fruits, vegetables and grains. In 1984, it was banned by the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) due to its carcinogenicity, mutagenicity and reproductive toxicity
|Pesticides encompass several different chemical categories. They include herbicides
(used to kills weeds), insecticides (used to kill insects), fungicides (used to control molds and fungi),
and rodenticides (used to kill rodents)
|All pesticides have one thing in common in common - they are poisons designed to kill things and they have the
potential to be harmful to humans if ingested in sufficient amounts. -
The long-term disbenefits associated with the use of agricultural chemicals, e.g.
resource depletion, environmental damage and health consequences, are such that we need to develop and
implement ecologically sound strategies designed to establish and maintain productive soils and prevent the
development of pests and diseases and control them in the event of outbreaks
The Bottom Line we need to learn from our mistakes and begin practicing sustainable agriculture.
|In US farming areas, 22 percent of wells contain nitrate levels that exceed federal safety standards.