In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Specialists Nina Prater, Guy Ames, and Lee Rinehart explore the history of fertilizer use to understand how we got to an agricultural system that relies so heavily on synthetic rather than biological fertilizers. They discuss alternatives to this system and ways farmers can build soil health in order to require less synthetic fertilizer to maintain productivity.
Related ATTRA Resources:
- Toolkit: How to Reduce Synthetic Fertilizer Use
- Soils & Compost
- Soils and Sites for Organic Orchards and Vineyards
- Growing Healthy Soil on a Large Scale with Rick Clark
- The First Green Revolution: Debt Peonage and the Making of the Nitrogen Fertilizer Trade
- The Hidden Costs of Land Degradation in US Maize Agriculture
- Farmers of Forty Centuries. Organic Farming in China, Korea, and Japan
- From Soil to Sustainability
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