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[ Our Fertilized World ]

Photograph by Peter Essick

Photograph by Peter Essick


Did you know that U.S. farmers apply over 11 million tons of nitrogen fertilizers to farm fields every year, mostly in the form of ammonium nitrate. The widespread use of the substance is considered part of the so-called Green Revolution, which radically increased the amount food we could grow.

If we don’t watch out, agriculture could destroy our planet.
Check out these photos from National Geographic of toxic algal blooms caused by fertilizer runoff and find out what some are trying to do to combat the problem.

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