Why should we choose organic fertilizer over chemical fertilizer?
Does it matter where a plant receives it NPK?
When you view soil as a living organism, (it is and we should), you can easily see why it might matter what type of
fertilizer we choose to use: Chemical fertilizers, in effect, “kill” the soil while organic fertilizers improve and sustain the soil.
The following gives details of the affect chemical fertilizers have
on our soil.
Chemical fertilizers destroy the
friability of soil.
fertilizers contain acids, including sulfuric
and hydrochloric acids. These acids dissolve “soil crumbs”, the
material that holds rock particles together.
- When these cementing materials are destroyed, the result is
a compacted surface that prevents rain water from entering the
Chemical fertilizers affect micro-organisms
living in the soil.
- This acidity also adversely affects the soil ph, thereby
changing the kinds of microorganisms that can live in the soil.
These microorganisms are beneficial because they provide plants
with natural immunity to diseases.
- Many plant diseases are prevented by these
beneficial antibiotic-producing bacteria and fungi (such as mycorrhizal) that thrive around the
plant root in a healthy soil.
- That is why, if we use chemical fertilizers, we must offset
these harmful acidic effects by adding organic matter and lime
to the soil.
Chemical fertilizers leach away into our
ground water without fully benefiting the plant.
- Highly soluble fertilizer dissolves into the soil quite
rapidly. Since plants can only absorb a certain amount of
nutrition at a time, much of the fertilizer simply leaches away.
- Not only is this leaching detrimental to our ground water,
these chemicals also seep into the subsoil. There they interact
with clay, forming impermeable layers called “hardpan”.
- Money is wasted, soil conditions are undermined, and plants
are not nurtured.
Chemical fertilizers, because of their acidity, kill the
“great aerators” of the soil.
- Earthworms are extremely important to a healthy soil. They
are constantly boring throughout the soil, aerating it and
depositing rich castings as they consume organic matter.
- You’ll rarely, if ever, see earthworms in soil that has been
treated with chemical fertilizers. Without these wonderful
creatures, the soil suffers from lack of aeration and the
elimination of naturally occurring fertilizers.
Chemical fertilizers encourage plant
- Fast-release chemical fertilizers have a high nitrogen
content compared to slow-release organic fertilizers. When there
is an overabundance of nitrogen (N) in relation to phosphate
(P), plants are more susceptible to mosaic infections.
- High nitrogen, as well as a lack of trace elements, is also
related to fungal and bacterial disease in plants and vegetables.
Nutrition and Flavor:
Chemical fertilizers produce fruits and
lower nutritional value and less flavor.
- Citrus grown with large amounts of soluble nitrogen has
lower vitamin C than those grown with organic fertilizers. Corn
grown with the soluble nitrogen of chemical fertilizers contain
- The lack of trace elements in chemical fertilizers not only
means an increase incidence of plant diseases, but it also means
there is less nutrition from the fruits and vegetables for the consumer. Trace
minerals are an important component of healthy nutrition.
- Compounding the problem of not providing trace
elements, chemical fertilizers also prevent the plant from
absorbing them from the soil. This lack of absorption caused by
chemical fertilizers can be explained by the following chemistry
- Minerals are transferred via “colloidal humus particles”
found in healthy soil. These particles are negatively charged
and attract positively charged elements, such as potassium (K),
sodium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, aluminum, baron, iron,
copper and other metals.
- Large doses of sodium nitrate dumped into the soil will,
over time, radically change these humus particles. The result is
trace elements are crowded out because the humus particles
become filled up with the excess sodium.
- In essence, even though they may be present in the soil,
these other essential minerals are unavailable to the plant.
- As for flavor, most everyone will agree there’s no
comparison between the taste of fruits and vegetables grown organically and
those grown chemically.
- This improved flavor is probably due to the superior
nutritional content, including trace minerals, of organically
Chemical fertilizers provide short term results yet,
in the long term, damage the soil, ground water, and our health.
- Provide slow-release plant nutrients,
- Avert “run-off” and retain moisture in soil,
- Improve the condition of the soil,
- Prevent plant disease,
- Increase nutritional content in plants,
- Produce tastier fruits and vegetables.
So, yes it does matter where plants get their nutrition. It’s a
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