Letter: Natural fertilizers help boost food production
Op-Ed · February 08, 2013

Did you know from 1900- 2000, worldwide food production jumped 600 percent and allowed the world population to grow from 1.7 billion in 1900 to 6.7 billion today (New York Times)?
Our growing world population requires a lot of safe, affordable and healthy food. Fertilizer nutrients make it so we can grow more food for a healthy environment. Fertilizer is made from natural elements, and the nutrients are the same as those found in nature. Fertilizer assists in creating a more stable food production environment, making sources more dependable.

Ninety-seven percent of fertilizers used in North America are made from natural resources like air as well as deposits of potassium, nitrogen, and phosphate. Nutrients help produce crops with higher amounts of proteins, vitamins and other living elements.

Sources say by the year 2025, the population of the world will be a little over 9 billion people. That’s 100,000,000 a year, or 273,972 a day.

And you may be wondering, why do I care? Well, without the proper elements and fertilizers for nutrients you wouldn’t have enough safe food available, food quality would suffer, and food costs would rise dramatically.

Jenna Rohret, West Branch High School

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