Fertilizer Crisis Offers Opportunity for Nature-Based Solutions

Writing for The Conversation, former Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan says that the United States should support not just increased production, but also nature-based solutions in response to rapidly rising synthetic fertilizer prices. She provides examples of farming practices that help farmers reduce or forgo synthetic fertilizers, such as crop rotation, composting, and raising crops and livestock together. Merrigan also discusses biological products such as biofertilizers and bionutrients that can substitute for harsher chemical inputs.