Fertilizer can be either synthetic or organic, it is a chemical that is applied to the soil to increase the availability of needed nutrients that promote the growth of plants and vegetation. However, are these fertilizers really healthy for the plants and the environment? Or, are they only damaging the environment?
The Effects of Fertilizers on the Environment
Fertilizers help plants to thrive by giving food, but the rapid growth of the population globally resulted in high demand for agricultural production and food consumption.
To meet the demands of society, farmers increase their agricultural production, which entails using many fertilizers in the soil to fasten the growth of plants. However, too many of these elements have bad effects in the long run.
Fertilizers contain elements like nitrogen and potassium that can contaminate and deplete the diversity of animals and plants in bodies of water. It can also affect human health due to acid rain and leads to climate change. The latter is caused by greenhouse gasses particularly nitrous oxide byproduct of nitrogen in the combustion of fossil fuels.
Therefore, too much of everything can cause harmful effects, as Mother nature taught us that learn to balance everything out to prevent alteration of nature.