Pretty sure I get a lot of people wondering why in the world I am passionate about something as strange as worm composting? After all, I use trash–feed it to worms and use their waste to feed my gardens, yard, and landscaping. I take a free resource–food scraps, keep it from the landfill, and create a nutrient and microbe rich amendment to feed my soil. Those microbes are responsible for converting Nitrogen and other nutrients into forms that can be absorbed by plants for health. In the process, it doesn’t create methane gas and is kept on property, reducing fuel costs to the landfill. This process builds soil fertility and plant health, reduces erosion and provides pest and plant disease resistance and promotes a healthy and livable ecosystem.
You say, “yeah, but…”you can just go buy a bag of chemicals and not have to do any of that, right? You may think it, it’s not gross, you don’t get your hands dirty, and it is relatively inexpensive. Chemical fertilizer is high in Nitrogen, so that’s good, eh?”
Maybe You’re Crazy? Is there a bigger price for synthetic fertilizer?
“The hydrogen source for the process is natural gas, a non-renewable resource that currently accounts for 80 to 90 percent of the cost of fertilizer production. In the conventional system, our very ability to feed ourselves is dependent upon a non-renewable fossil fuel.”
“Synthetic fertilizers use non-renewable fossil fuels. The energy consumed to make synthetic nitrogen for U.S. farmers for one year (13.1 million tons) would heat about 5.5 million Midwestern homes all year long.”
- Nitrates in drinking water used for infant formula can cause potentially fatal blue-baby syndrome, and can cause serious health problems for adults and children alike. High levels of nitrates and nitrites were found in 25,000 community wells that provided drinking water to two thirds of the nation’s population.
- Excess nitrates in the soil sometimes convert to nitrosamines, which have been shown to cause tumors in laboratory animals. Nitrate-contaminated water is also linked to reproductive problems, urinary and kidney disorders, and bladder and ovarian cancer.
- Applying fertilizer releases oxidized nitrates, which contribute to the formation of smog, act as greenhouse gases, and destroy protective ozone. Nitrogen oxides also react with water in the atmosphere to form acid rain.
I think you gotta ask yourself, “Who do you, who do you, who do you think you are?” Yep, maybe you’re crazy.
Come see us at Texas Worm Ranch and we’ll help you find the cure:).