Organic Fertilizing : Organic Vs. Chemical Fertilizers

Now we’re going to talk about organic versus
chemical fertilizers. In the organic world, we can create our own foods. We can create
composts in our own backyards, very easily, by just decaying garden scraps, leaves and
weeds out of the garden. We can create that type of food. Organic fertilizers will be
labeled in your garden centers as organic and this is a fertilizer that is of the earth
and natural. The USDA is very specific about that. That are state controls on it and there
are federal controls. In chemical agriculture and gardening, we get our nutrients out of
a bottle. It’s more science than art. You pour these granulated bits of nitrogen, potassium
and phosphorus, into water and water your plants with those. It’s a direct line of shooting
energy into the plant. It’s quick, it’s effective but are we ending up with healthy plants?
Not necessarily. In organics, we’re looking for plants that have a more well-rounded source
of nutrients. The chemical world of agriculture it’s nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, that’s
it, just those three nutrients or elements, in the case of plants that are being used.
It’s a quick shot, a quick fix. They are mostly water soluble. This stuff goes in the water
and if the plant doesn’t grab it really quick, it washes away, leaving behind residues of
salt and other undesirable things for the plants.

21 Replies to “Organic Fertilizing : Organic Vs. Chemical Fertilizers”

  1. I'm going to have to disagree with previous posters–

    I opt most often for organic gardening because it has several advantages.

    1. It is dynamic. You are learning about the structure of soils and chemical composition of nature. Very utilitarian.

    2. You are creating more nutrient dense food. No question about this.

    3. You are creating an ecosystem, learning to control it in your favor.

    It is a hands-on course in ecology and biology. As a biologist, it is fascinating to learn from nature.

  2. non-organic is only for the lazy

    or greed crazed corporation who cares about profits than health

    nature is organic how can you argue about that

  3. One of his comments is way off base. Chemical fertilizer can be way more than just N-P-K, you can also add all the micronutrients that you need as well. Do your soil test, buy the right formulation and forget about going organic unless you are trying to sell to those who are willing to pay more for the same products, only "organic". Also, about 40% of the world's food comes from chemical fertilizers. So, you only have to decide which 2.5 billion people on this planet don't get fed.

  4. I personally like to use worm castings, worms are easy to grow and collecting the castings is pretty strait forward and simple, but I'm not gonna bad mouth anyone who uses manufactured fertilizers like whats in miracle grow….it all comes down to personal preference.

  5. Ever done research on the "organic" fertilizers and pesticides? How people are dying and getting sick just by handling these organics? how they arn't biodegradable. how they take twice as much land, 70% is run by big business, cant grow them as well in 3rd world countries, and cost more. totally awesome. but i guess if your not starving why care about the 2+billion people genetically enhanced crops are feeding. try telling a starving african organics are better.

  6. @BaneOfFreeSpeech

    What did people die of or get sick from?

    Whats not biodegradable?

    What crop takes twice as much land?

    Where do you get the 70% from? Why does it matter anyway?

    What organic fertiliser cannot be used in a so called "3rd world country"?

    I've seen plenty of people in south africa planting normal seed and making them, not buying them. Because they feed the soil with organic ferts, remineralise it with rock dust, they are able to grow without hardly anything.

  7. @daveasbr

    Your very close minded, obviously the chemical ferts would be replaced with organic, no one would starve.

    Feel free to continue to buy synthetic ferts though, as oil goes up so do they.

    I'll stick with guano's, seaweed, rockdust, bone meal, worm casts.

    How long have people been using sythetic fertilisers?

  8. @DocGreen15 The crop takes almost twice as much land to get the same yield genetic crops have, scientists engineer "SAFER" biodegradable non toxic to human sprays. 70% is a semi rough estimate. Look at the companies that make this "organic" product then look at the parent companies. It is all big business just making a profit. Read actual regulations on what is and is not organic farming. Never said anything about a fertalizer in 3rd world country. but gentic crops can be engineered to grow….

  9. @DocGreen15 ….in a more harsh environment. improper fertilizers carry pathogens that can be harmful to other plant life and humans. especially fecal matter fertilizers. just because something goes into the ground doesn't mean that it is biodegradable. above mentioned pathogens sometimes stay in the ground and sometimes food making people sick or harder to grow crops. I would seriously ask you to do some research doc. but i know you will only look for what you want to see. science>fads.

  10. Alaska Fish Fertilizer, 5-1-1 & Alaska Morbloom, 0-10-10, & i compost everything. i have used miraclegro, but only 1/2 or 1/4 of the recommended mix.

  11. There's more to fertilisers than N,P & K.
    The roles of secondary and micro-nutrients are just as critical to crop yield and quality and can be provided by no other way than foliar fertiliser application.
    Like it or not, fertiliser application is here to stay in one form or another… and as an increasingly expensive and sparing resource it's use is becoming more discrete with every passing year. Just look at the growth of GPS fertiliser application for proof.

  12. I always use organic fertilizer for my plants and trees. When friends and neighbor ask me how my trees and plants grow vigorously, I always tell them to go with organic fertilizer. I'm anti Miracle Grow!

  13. Organic fertilizer all the way. Studies are showing that the excess amount of algal in Lake Eerie is due to chemical fertilizers

  14. That "quick fix" (reality is much more complicated than that) is what enabled people to stop starving.
    There's nothing wrong with "artificial" fertilizers if they're applied by the book.

    If the agriculture turned "organic" (stupid name), millions and millions would die of starvation because there wouldn't be enough food produced.

  15. What he says about chemical fertilizers only being N-P-K is false. There's a lot of secondary nutrients in them as well.

  16. Regardless of any one study, the chemical based fertilizer do harm microbiology and impacts the environment. Natural products do require a long time to build the soil to become more productive than fast acting chemicals.

  17. In many cases, organic fertilizers are much more harmful than conventional fertilizers. How the hell did this video get up on eHow? I'm not listening to them anymore.

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