Nutrients for Life

January 21, 2011 | 9:01 am

I find it interesting how children get our attention. My four year old was instructed to clean her room. I peaked in and caught her playing rather than cleaning. I began my often repeated, clean-your-room speech, when she looked up at me matter-of-factly and said, “Do you need to write a blog or something today?” Clearly, I am not winning the chore war with her.  She was right, I did have a blog to write and I too had gotten distracted.

Blogging about our garden and family has been a great educational experience for the entire family. My girls are aware of the responsibilities I have as spokesperson for Nutrients for Life. I enjoy what I do and I like to share my experience with others. Fertilizer is a key ingredient in sustaining our ability to feed the world. It’s easy for me to get passionate about world hunger. Although my use of fertilizer is small in comparison to that of farmers, I can see the value it has in producing nutritious food.

According to The Fertilizer Institute, “Fertilizer nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – are all naturally occurring elements that are “fed” to plants and crops for healthy and abundant food and fiber production. They are currently responsible for 40 to 60 percent of the world’s food supply. Harvest after harvest, fertilizers replenish our soils by replacing the nutrients removed by each season’s crop. Each year, the world’s population grows by 80 million and fertilizers – used in an environmentally sensitive way – are critical to ensuring that our nation’s farmers grow an adequate supply of nutritious food for American and international consumers.”

At Nutrients for Life, we focus on the following five points.

1. Fertilizers are drawn from nature – they are not man-made.

2. Farmers are not adding fertilizers to the ground. They are replacing nutrients that are lost at each harvest.

3. The world has no choice but to use fertilizers. Without them, more than two billion people would starve.

4. By helping to conserve land, fertilizers safeguard recreational land and wildlife habitats.

5. Farmers care about the environment as much as anyone.

As a mom, it is reassuring to know that the agriculture industry has successfully produced safe and nutritious food for the world. We must respect their advancements and achievements in science as they press forward on growing enough food to feed the world’s growing population.