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11/8/15: phosphorus from manure & phosphorus factory & air pollution

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8 years ago
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Above are spring pic. of my peony, fertilized with chicken manure NPK 5-3-2, only $7 for 25 lb. bag at Menards. Plenty of phosphorus in manure, no need for bone meal. There's the myth that we need lots of phosphorus for blooming, and a guy from container gardening wrote to the President of a large fertilizer company to ask that question. The president wrote back to say that they put A HIGH % of phosphorus in the fertilizer just to make it look good & to get folks to buy that, but he admitted that we don't need much phosphorus for blooming, and it's way down the list after nitrogen, potassium, and calcium.

Rose tissue analysis by U. of CA at Davis showed that the roses require a bit more nitrogen than potassium, 1/2 calcium, 1/4 magnesium, and 1/10 of phosphorus. People don't realize that animal manure have PLENTY OF PHOSPHORUS. There's a myth that we are short of phosphorus just to UP THE DEMAND for that nasty chemical. There's plenty of phosphorus in decayed organic matter (leaves), or bone meal (can only be utilized if the pH is below 7). Here's an excerpt of how phosphorus-production cause air pollutant and hurt the environment:

" Death in the Air:
Air Pollution from Phosphate Fertilizer Production

by George Glasser

In the early predawn hours when the air is still and moist, phosphate fertilizer factories are often shrouded in an acidic haze .. And finally, the full impact of inhaling the noxious smog causes choking and coughing.

For those employed at the phosphoric acid factories, this is the work world they enter every day. Day in and day out, they eat, breathe, and drink toxic pollution until they become too sick to work, or die.

In the phosphate producing regions, telltale environmental damage is the legacy of the industry. It is not uncommon to see ragged holes filled with low level radioactive water left from strip-mining operations. Reclaimed land emits high levels of radon; people who have built homes on reclaimed land stand a greater chance of developing lung cancer and leukemia. Phosphogypsum stacks are piled up to 200 feet high and leach toxic chemicals into the aquifer and toxic dust into the atmosphere.

Spills from toxic waste-water ponds dump hundreds of millions of gallons of highly acidic water laced with toxic fluorides, radionuclides, heavy metals, sulfites and phosphoric acid into rivers and streams. Massive fish kills are not unusual when these spills occur. There are few regulations governing wastes from phosphoric acid and superphosphate fertilizer production ...
The entire population of Hamilton County, Florida was exposed to toxic emissions from the plant, possibly many times what are considered safe levels.

Expecting a 20% increase in the global demand for superphosphate fertilizer, chemical corporations have dumped over 10 billion dollars into phosphoric acid and phosphate mining in the state of Florida. Today, Florida’s phosphate fertilizer producers supply 30% of the world demand and 75% of the domestic supply, account for some 50,000 jobs nationwide and $800 million in wages. And it also appears the industry is a major contributor of illness and death to people who live and work in the toxic, radioactive fallout.

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