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Wish You Could Fertilize Crops with Pee? Urine Luck

Human Urine

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  • Human urine is naturally rich in nitrogen (N), potassium (K), and phosphorus (P), the three components of most synthetic fertilizers (NPK)
  • In the first US trial using human urine as fertilizer, hay grew greener, more lush, and with significantly increased yields
  • For the average person, a year’s worth of urine contains about eight pounds of nitrogen and nearly one pound of phosphorus – enough to grow about one year’s worth of food, naturally
  • For the use of urine fertilizer to become widespread, sewage systems would have to be radically redesigned to separate liquid waste from solid, a practice that requires the use of separating toilets
  • Industrial agriculture has veered far from the basic sciences of soil cultivation and plant nutrition; advancements like urine fertilizer and other natural methods that nourish soil health naturally are an important step in the right direction

By Dr. Mercola

Modern synthetic fertilizer consists of varying amounts of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), which are added to croplands to replace these depleted nutrients in the soil. There are several problems with this method, one of the primary ones being that these are finite resources.

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