The red stuff dropped from airplanes to put out forest fires also acts as a fertilizer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
A bunch of people pee in their gardens, which is actually very nutritious for plants [urea is essentially a fertilizer] huffpost.com/entry/why-yo…
Tomato plants fertilized with human urine produce up to four times more fruit and had higher levels of beta-carotene & protein than traditional fertilizers. popsci.com/environment/ar…
The collapse of the Soviet Union directly correlated with the resurgence of Cuba’s amazing coral reef. Without Russian supplied synthetic fertilizers and ag practices, Cubans were forced to depend on organic farming. This led to less chemical runoff in the oceans. psmag.com/news/inside-the…
Fritz Haber, a German scientist, is responsible for the loss of millions of lives, but also saved billions. The Haber process takes nitrogen in the air and turns it into nitrate to make explosives, but also fertilizer, avoiding famines after WW1. It is still heavily used today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
You should wait 72 hours after it rains to swim in the ocean. Storm runoff that empties into the ocean carries increased levels of contaminants, like bacteria, fertilizers, and sewage. Swimming in the ocean too soon can increase your risk of various infections. caseagrant.ucsd.edu/news/…
Today I learned about Alkaline hydrolysis (water cremation) where a body is heated in a mix of water and potassium hydroxide down to its chemical components, which are then disposed of through the sewer, or as a fertilizer. This method takes 1/4 of the energy of heat cremation with less resulting pollutants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alk…
99 years ago 4,500 tonnes of a mixture incl. ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded at BASF in Oppau, Germany, killing 500-600 people, injuring 2000 more. The explosion, estimated to have 1–2 kilotonnes TNT equivalent, could still be heard more than 300km away in north-eastern France and Munich. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opp…
Cat mummies were so plentiful in Egypt that, in the 1800s, an English company bought a load of 180,000, pulverized them and spread them on farm fields as fertilizer. Also so many baboons and ibises were mummified for the trade it likely drove them to extinction in Egypt. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A fertilizer explosion at an Oppau, Germany plant in 1921 was so powerful that it destroyed all the medieval stained-glass windows of Worms cathedral, 15 km away en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opp…
Approximately half the nitrogen content of human tissues is not derived from natural sources, but instead derives from industrial manufacturing of fertilizer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hab…
High purity carbon dioxide is a byproduct of ammonia fertilizer production and is bought by Coca-Cola to carbonate their drinks. bbc.co.uk/news/business-4…
In 1890, the British used ancient Egyptian mummified cats as ..fertilizers liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/s…
A This New Burial Technique Turns a Corpse Into a Tiny Pile of Freeze-Dried Fertilizer smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Fritz Haber, the "father of chemical warfare," created the Haber-Bosch process of synthesizing ammonia for fertilizers used in over half of the global population's current food production. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Dog and cat feces is a better fertilizer than most manures because of it's high phosphorus content. resilience.org/stories/20…
Today I learned of the Guano Islands Act of 1856; a US law that enabled citizens to claim unclaimed islands containing guano (bird excrement) in the name of the United States- due to its use as a fertilizer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gua…
Urine contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassiumβ€”key nutrients that plants need to grow. Researchers have been studying the removal of bacteria, viruses, and pharmaceuticals in urine to improve the safety of urine-derived fertilizers. phys.org/news/2020-01-uri…
Some fertilizer is made from human poop modernfarmer.com/2014/07/…
On April 16th, 1947 a ship carrying 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded in the town of Texas City, Texas. Nearly 600 people were killed. It has been called the worst industrial accident in U.S. history. abc13.com/news/on-this-da…
Human urine is actually beneficial to plants and can be used as a natural fertilizer because of its composition of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Seaweed was such an important fertilizer during the Great Potato Famine, some people would actually steal seaweed from the shorelines of private properties. loughshinnyvillage.com/Lo…
Fertilizers have enabled the lives of at least 3-3.5 billion people. ourworldindata.org/how-ma…
In 2013, a man witnessed the Boston Marathon bombings and then went home to Texas where he immediately witnessed a massive fertilizer explosion businessinsider.com/joe-b…
There is a fern that has such a high level of atmospheric carbon sequestration that it caused an ice age. Azolla captures 6 tons of atmoshperic carbon per acre per year and could reduce global CO2 levels, while providing high protein livestock feed, or nitrogen rich fertilizer. news.com.au/technology/en…
Today I learned of the Haber–Bosch process developed in the 20th century - the process produces 450 million tonnes of nitrogen fertilizer per year now & has allowed to global population to grow from 1.6 billion in 1900 to 7 billion today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hab…
Squanto, the Native American who taught the pilgrims how to farm using fish as fertilizer, probably learned the practice from European peasants after he was sold into slavery in Spain in 1614 jstor.org/stable/1740002?…
There were so many mummified cats excavated in Egypt that 19 tons of them were shipped to England to be used as fertilizer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
Fritz Haber invented the process for modern agricultural fertilizer thus saving millions of lives from starvation. He also pioneered chemical weapons processes which killed and horribly injured hundreds of thousands during WWI. His wife, son, and grand daughter all committed suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
After the Napoleonic Wars some UK businessmen swept the battlefields for corpses and ground their bones to sell them to farmers as fertilizer. You can say,"They ground their bones to make their bread." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fee…
Snow traps atmospheric nitrogen, then releases it into the ground when it melts, acting as a "poor man's fertilizer" adn.com/our-alaska/articl…
Some farms in the USA use "Class A Biosolids" as fertilizer, which is sterilized human feces from sewage treatment plants. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sew…
There is a "dead zone" the size of the state of Connecticut that occurs in the Gulf of Mexico from fertilizer and sewage runoff from the Mississippi river. The excess nutrients cause a lack of oxygen and leads to no marine life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Over 50% of the Nitrogen in our bodies originated from the Haber Process, which was invented in the early 1900's to synthetically create ammonia fertilizer from atmospheric Nitrogen and allowed the global population to grow from 1.6 to 7 billion people. ourworldindata.org/how-ma…
During Napoleonic wars, after a battle (~500k-2mil. fallen), companies were contracted to scavenge fields for bones to be ground up and imported back home as a fertilizer for soil. shannonselin.com/2016/07/…
Companies would raid former Napoleonic battlefields to collect bodies of fallen soldiers and horses which would then be ground down and sold to farmers as fertilizer. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Many animals (including humans) can't absorb up to 50% of the energy in the food they consume; this undigested energy ends up in fecal matter, which is why feces are such an effective fertilizer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fec…
The Scotts company used to include clover in their lawn mix as a natural fertilizer. When their new herbicide killed the clover, they reclassified it as a weed. safelawns.org/blog/2011/0…
SCOBY can be used for more than making kombucha - from candy to fertilizer to chew toys to face mask kombuchahome.com/what-to-…
Synthetic fertilizer supports over 48% of the world population. Without this innovation the world would only have about 3.5-4 Billion people today. ourworldindata.org/how-ma…
A fertilizer factory (AZF) exploded in Toulouse, France 10 days after 9/11. It was caused by improper chemical storage, leading to over 29 deaths and 2000 injuries. The explosion was felt 80km away and registered a 3.4 on the Richter scale. wsws.org/en/articles/2001…
Ralph's (a grocery store in Southern California) turns all non-donateable food waste into biogas which they use to help power their warehouse. The byproduct of that is then composted and sold as fertilizer to local farms. greenbiz.com/news/2013/08…
Under the Guano Islands Act, any US citizen can claim an unclaimed and unoccupied island as long as it has guano, seabird and or bat poop, on it, and this act was put in place due to the demand for guano to use as fertilizer. americanhistory.si.edu/no…
The fertilizer used by the Tobacco Industry is radioactive. The plant absorbs it and the smoker inhales it. It gets lodged in the lungs and over time contributes a huge radiation dose to the smoker and could be factor in lung cancer. epa.gov/radiation/sources…
Lobsters used to be food for slaves and was used as fertilizer and fish bait. But that changed in the mid 1800s with the invention of canned food and railway transportation. Canned lobster became popular enough that people took trips to the coast for fresh lobster. businessinsider.com/the-h…
In the Holocaust, the ashes of the deceased were not only thrown away, but also used as fertilizer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zyk…
Buffalo bones used to be sold by the ton as fertilizer cbc.ca/history/EPISCONTEN…
Kristian Birkeland invented the electromagnetic cannon and the Birkeland-Eyde process (to extract nitrogen from the air for fertilizer) all to fund his true passion, researching the northern lights. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kri…
Coprolite, fossilized feces, was mined on an industrial scale for use as a fertilizer until the 1880's. It was mined again during WWI to provide phosphates for munitions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
Scientist/Historian Vaclav Smil considers the Haber-Bosch method the most important technological innovation of the 20th century. It allowed Nitrogen to be pulled from air to create Ammonia, allowing Nitrogen Fertilizers. Without Nitrogen Fertilizers the earth could not sustain it's population. kundoc.com/pdf-nutrient-f…

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