Chemical Fertilizing

Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal!  My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.

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Chemical Fertilizing

Once a farmer decides on the chemical system, he needs to buy more synthetic fertilizer to help crops grow in the depleted soil.

These chemicals need lots of energy from petroleum and other sources to make, package, transport, and distribute on the farm fields.

The chemicals are typically made and sold by the same companies that sold the seeds.

The chemical and seed companies are making healthy profits while the farmer struggles to pay and often falls into debt to keep this cycle going.

And each time the price of fuel goes up, the prices of chemicals soar, because agrichemicals are petroleum by-products.

All crops require water to grow.

In farming regions like California, where many of our fresh fruits and vegetables are grown, water is scarce and the soil is naturally dry.

When the soil is irrigated regularly and treated with chemicals instead of organic materials, over time the salinity increases.

Eventually, these soils become so salty nothing grows in them at all.

It’s one of the ways deserts are created.

In other areas, like the Midwest, there’s more frequent rainfall, so farmers have less need to irrigate.

But with rain comes erosion and more weeds.

The water running over and through weakened soil takes the soil and chemicals with it and flows right into wells, streams, and rivers and eventually down to the Gulf of Mexico, the Chesapeake Bay, and our oceans.

There, the excess nutrients meant to feed our plants cause algae to grow, starving aquatic life of oxygen and making sea life more scarce.

Who tries to clean this up?

The federal government, using our tax dollars.

Because farmers face serious financial risks from threats like insects, plant diseases, and weather, farmers need insurance.

Federally subsidized crop insurance covers some of their risks.

But many also purchase insurance through the American Farm Bureau, which claims to represent their concerns in Washington.

And once again our tax dollars go to cleaning up the chemical cocktails unleashed in the environment and bailing out farmers when things go bad.

After farmers have bought seed, planted it, fertilized it, watered it, and insured it, it starts to grow.

But so do weeds.

This is where GMO seeds really “pay off.”

The farmers don’t need to bend over and pull weeds, or even hire people to pull weeds.

Instead they spray their fields with Roundup or another herbicide.

Roundup typically kills all plants – except those genetically modified to resist it.

For a while, farmers are happy because their fields look nice and neat, with no weeds to compete with the crops for food and moisture.

Eventually, though, the weeds start to resist Roundup, so farmers need to spray even more.

They see the weeds are becoming resistant to the chemicals they use, so they use “chemical rotations” to try killing them by alternating atrazine and other, stronger herbicides with the Roundup.

Once again, the chemical companies profit the most from this stage of the process, while the farmers and the government pay the most.

Before the introduction of GMO seeds, farmers tilled the land with tractors to control weeds.

But frequent tilling to control weeds can lead to soil erosion.

Farmers who want to qualify for federal funds under the farm bill conservation program have to use techniques other than tilling to prevent soil erosion.

So in a ridiculous turnabout, they use more herbicides than before, thanks primarily to government regulations.

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