China’s fertilizer use

America’s “breadbasket”, or the midwest, is notorious for its use of environmentally harmful nitrogen fertilizers which cause algae blooms and soil acidification. However, according to this article China is even worse. On the typical farm in Illinois an average of 200 kg of nitrogen fertilizer is being used per hectare, but in China it could be up to 800 kg. Experts say that farmers could cut this number in half (which is still a lot of fertilizer) and not affect yields. This seems like an issue that could be very easily improved if the government was to put a limit on the amount of fertilizer used per hectare.

-Matt Z.


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