Was This Grown With Chemicals or Compost?

Every plant that ever existed grew because of chemicals, and this is the only way plants are able to grow.  Since the great explosion of the Universe (Big-Bang), physics gave rise to chemistry, chemistry gave rise to biology, and biology gave rise to an ape-like creature who figured out how to create technology.  

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Alice Lin
Farming Dumps All the World’s Fertility into the Ocean

Or does it?

In traditional soil grown farming systems, minerals are routinely added to the soil to fertilize plants. But as much as 85% of these minerals get leached beyond the root zone, traveling deeper into the soil to eventually reach water tables, rivers, lakes, and oceans. These minerals often get a bad name because they can potentially damage ecosystems and denude soil health.

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Alice Lin
A Story about Saltpeter and the Peterman

If you come visit us at Whisper Famers, you’ll likely see a few bags labeled “saltpeter” lying around. What exactly is this strangely named substance, where does it come from, and why should every backyard gardener know about it?

Saltpeter is another name for the chemical compound potassium nitrate (KNO3). Saltpeter was first generated on farms, underneath horse/cow stables where urine and feces would drop below the floor. Farmers would create a subterranean room underneath the stable and build a nitre-bed, which was kind of like a compost pile made of straw, mulch, ashes, or a mixture of these.

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Alice Lin