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Health Effects of Synthetic Fertilizer

Most people do not think twice about using synthetic fertilizers on commercial and residential properties. However, the reality is that synthetic fertilizers contain nitrate, phosphorus, and potassium. These chemicals can be hazardous to health if exposed to humans. For this reason, Allied Energy Corporation (AGYP) is dedicated to offering only organic fertilizers that do not present health hazards and contribute to environmental sustainability.

The warnings label on synthetic fertilizers are numerous: wear gloves, avoid prolonged exposure, keep the product out of the reach of children and pets, avoid breathing the dust, wash skin and eyes after any direct contact, do not wash fertilizer into storm drains, the list goes on. The reason for the warnings is that direct contact with these chemicals can burn skin, damage the respiratory system, aggravate existing health conditions and increase the risk of developing certain diseases. People with existing kidney, liver, urinary or respiratory problems are particularly at high risk. At Allied Energy our organic fertilizers only contain natural ingredients so they do not expose people to the dangerous doses of chemicals that can cause injury or disease.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Nitrate, phosphorus, and potassium are important minerals for healthy plant growth and soil nutrient balance. However, they are only needed in small quantities because they are just three of many elements needed for healthy soil. Yet, chemical fertilizers are regularly applied in large amounts on agricultural lands by farmers and on residential yards by commercial contractors. Though some amount is required for balanced soil conditions, they should not come from synthetic ingredients. The organic fertilizer products carried by Allied Energy Corporation enable us to supply all the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium the soil and plants need, using only natural ingredients and without jeopardizing human health.

Nitrogen is primarily used to produce rapid plant growth. When the three chemicals are applied to the soil, the balance of bacteria and other microbes needed to maintain a healthy ecosystem is changed. This starts a chain reaction leading to poor soil conditions which then leads to adding even more chemical fertilizers in an attempt to make up for the soil imbalance. Plant health suffers as nutrients degrade due to chemical exposure. These chemicals also seep into groundwater and are washed into storm drains. It is very difficult to filter nitrate out of water, meaning it is found in most municipal water supplies. In other words, chemical fertilizers harm human health directly and indirectly. The safer alternative, in every regard, is to use Allied Energy organic products.

Something is in the Air

Nitric acid is mixed with ammonia to form ammonium nitrate and is one of the elements found in most synthetic fertilizers. Ammonium nitrate releases a toxic greenhouse gas that has adverse effects on the respiratory system and can cause nausea, vomiting, muscle twitching, and many other problems. This is usually the cause of the distinct odor in buildings where the fertilizer is stored. Nitrate and its oxides are particularly harmful to the digestive systems of children and animals, which explains many of the warning on fertilizer bags. Too much nitrogen in anyone’s body cannot be processed rapidly enough by the liver and, instead of being excreted, will build up in the body and cause significant health problems. Nitrate has been linked to reproductive problems, bladder problems, blue baby syndrome, and much more.

At Allied Energy Corporation, we know a healthier and safer alternative is organic fertilizer. The use of the word “organic” is regulated and cannot be added to product descriptions unless meeting the USDA’s National Organic Program stringent standards. Organic fertilizers will not burn skin or cause respiratory problems and can contribute to a chain of events leading to agricultural products with higher nutrient content. Using Allied Energy products also contributes to human health through environmental sustainability. The bottom line is this: The hazards presented by using chemical fertilizers are simply not worth the risk.

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