Every year, October 13 is marked as Global Fertilizer Day to highlight the significance and acknowledge the contribution of the fertilizer industry in feeding the world’s growing populations.
This annual international awareness campaign is supported by fertilizer associations and companies across the world with the shared purpose of highlighting the social, economic, and environmental impact of fertilizers. Creating awareness will encourage better farming practices and will promote the proper use of fertilizers in the farming community.
Let’s celebrate this day by learning the following fertilizer facts:
- Fertilizers applied in the right amount at the right time can double the amount of corn produced using the same amount of water.
- Fertilizer, whether commercial or organic, helps generate organic matter in soils.
- Fertilizers help restore soil health by putting essential nutrients back into the ground after harvest.
- Fertilizer use has conserved over 2 billion acres of land from cultivation over the past 50 years.
- Good farming practices, including smart use of fertilizers, help to produce more protein-rich food.
- Well-fertilized crops produce more yield per acre. This saves fragile lands for wildlife habitat and recreational areas.
- Fertilizers improve plant health and make crops more resilient to climate change.
- Fertilizer produces plants that are strong and able to protect soils against erosion and runoff.
- More than 2 billion people suffer from micronutrient malnutrition. Micronutrient fertilizers help combat this threat to world health.
- Fertilizer is responsible for 50 percent of the world’s food production—without fertilizer we’d have only half the amount of food we do now!
Bonus Fact: U.S. fertilizer companies employ close to 90,000 people, and the fertilizer industry contributes $155 billion to the U.S. economy.
Facts provided by The Fertilizer Institute.