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Study Shows Fertilized Crops Improve Human Health

November 20, 2012
By: Davis Michaelsen, Pro Farmer Inputs Monitor Editor

The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and the International Plant Nutrition Institute have collaborated to produce a new publication titled Fertilizing Crops to Improve Human Health: A Scientific Review.

Fertilizer’s contribution to food security is better known than its contribution to nutrition security. "While fertilizer has been highly influential in increasing the quantity of food produced, it also holds enormous potential for improving human welfare by improving the quality of food," says Rajul Pandya-Lorch, International Food Policy Research Institute. In addition to producing more calories, new research demonstrates that fertilizer can also play an essential role in fighting malnutrition, by providing the essential micronutrients needed by the human body. Micronutrient deficiencies affect the lives of some 2 billion people around the world.

This publication was the recent focus of the Symposium on Fertilizing for Crop Qualities that Improve Human Health, held on October 23 in Cincinnati, Ohio as part of the International Meetings of the Tri-Societies of Agronomy, Crop Science and Soil Science. The peer-reviewed publication is now available in a single hardcopy book form. More information concerning this publication can be obtained from IFA -- click here for more.

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