Fertilizers

Allied Energy Corporation

Fertilizers … Energizing Soils Around the World

 

… The increase in crop yields due to fertilizer use

    accounts for 50% of global food production

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Allied Energy Corporation markets the BBWG™  family of organic fertilizers that provide a wide range of benefits to soils and crop management that ultimately boost produce quality, yields and profits. Use of organic fertilizers is on a fast-growth track as environmental consciousness expands and the need to replenish soils that have been depleted by over-use of chemical fertilizers becomes more apparent.

 

 

FERTILIZERS – General

Fertilizers add elements to the soil essential for plant growth. Modern chemistry led to the development and introduction of chemical or “synthetic” fertilizers 70 years ago that dramatically altered agricultural methods and increased yields.

Use of fertilizers has soared since the mid-20th century and food production has followed suit; the world food shortage, which persists to this day in numerous regions of the globe, would have decimated populations to a far greater extent had it not been for the dramatic boost in food production fueled by exponential growth in fertilizer use over the past 6 decades.

 

Two basic types of fertilizers:

Chemical fertilizers – are synthetically manufactured and provide Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium, commonly referred to as “NPK”.
Organic fertilizers – are obtained from natural, organic sources and provide varying amounts of NPK as well as a wide range of essential micronutrients and microbes that are not available from chemical fertilizers.

 

SYNTHETIC FERTILIZERS

Synthetic fertilizers consist of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium compounds (NPK) in their pure chemical form. These compounds are necessary for plant growth and have been used in huge quantities globally to accelerate plant growth and increase crop yields dramatically. Use (and overuse) of synthetic fertilizers presents many hazards.

Unfortunately, there are significant drawbacks to synthetic fertilizers that include significant damage to the soil and the environment when over-used. As well, these chemically based fertilizers have high energy and environmental costs, since non-renewable fossil fuels are required as a source of hydrogen, which is necessary to fix nitrogen in ammonia.

Overuse can spoil the soil properties, including the natural balance of osmatic pressure, pH, conductivity and water holding capacity. It can also destroy populations of essential micro-organisms and other natural soil components.

The active ingredients in chemical fertilizers are highly concentrated and are provided to the plant too quickly, with the result that much of the fertilizer is not taken up and used efficiently; the excess is absorbed by the soil, often causing such common secondary effects as “nitrogen burn” due to dehydration, as well as contamination of ground water.

While they promote plant growth, chemical fertilizers do not add nutrients to the soil. Trace elements essential to healthy soils are not replaced; eventually, this results in “soil depletion” that degrades the ability of the soil to nurture plant growth. As well, applications of chemical fertilizers over time can lead to a toxic buildup of arsenic, cadmium and uranium in the soil and even in the fruits and vegetables that are grown for human consumption.

Used in moderation, synthetic fertilizers certainly can increase crop yields; but there are long term costs such as soil depletion, fertilizer burn, environmental contamination & degradation, and lower quality produce such as fruits and vegetables that lack the taste and nutritional value of healthy produce.

The legacy of chemical fertilizer overuse has become a critical issue in many countries. China, for example, is being warned that it faces further environmental degradation from the gross overuse of synthetic fertilizers, a “bitter fruit its people are literally being forced to swallow”, says a leading Chinese expert on the ecology. “It’s the result of the country’s long-boasted miracle of being able to feed 22 percent of the world’s population with only seven percent of the world’s arable land”, said Gao Jixi, director of the Ecology Institute with the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences.

Similar degradation and depletion of soils as well as environmental harm from over-use of chemical fertilizers is taking place in India and in other regions where poor agricultural systems and lack of planning have caused major problems.

 

BIOLOGICAL or “ORGANIC” FERTILIZERS

A natural product from living matter, organic fertilizers provide naturally occurring NPK plus a host of other natural micronutrients and other substances that are essential for healthy, sustainable soils. They do not contaminate groundwater or otherwise degrade the natural environment. Importantly, they do not consume enormous amounts of fossil fuels, as does the manufacture of synthetic fertilizers.

 

Advantages of Organic Fertilizers

  1. Organic fertilizers release their nutrients more slowly into the soil, providing the nutrients when needed – not all at once; this “slow release” characteristic is better for the plants and … the nutritional benefits last much longer.
  2. Because organic fertilizers are naturally occurring, they tend to be less refined, so there’s little to no chemical processing required. The natural environment can more easily break them down and absorb them. Organic fertilizers are rich in micro-organisms that help plants convert nutrients to food. The organic matter also helps to break down old plant material to return the nutrients to the soil … the way nature intended.
  3. Sandy or high-salinity soils in particular can benefit from the addition of organic fertilizers.
  4. Usage of organic fertilizers ensures that the food items produced are free of harmful chemicals.
  5. Avoidance of harmful nitrogen burn.
  6. Organic fertilizers have only biodegradable contents and therefore do not jeopardize the environment; chemical fertilizers contaminate land and water
  7. Promotes growth of beneficial micro-nutrients and macro-nutrients essential to soil health.
  8. Environmentally friendly – The nutrients are contained in complex molecules that won’t leach away with the first rain.

Specific data on the extraordinary benefits and advantages of using Allied Energy’s custom line of BBWG™ organic fertilizers is available on the BBWG™ page, along with photos of actual BBWG™ results as well as an informative BBWG™ Product Catalog.

In recent years, accelerated use of organic fertilizer reflects the global move towards environmentally friendly, i.e. “green” products and processes. Organic farming is expanding like wildfire, fuelling a sharp rise in demand for organic fertilizers.  Allied Energy Corporation is preparing to launch an aggressive marketing program to introduce its proven line of revolutionary BBWG organic fertilizers and soil enhancers throughout the Americas.