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Junk Food Is Bad for Plants, Too

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Story at-a-glance -

  • Plants’ natural symbiotic relationship with soil microorganisms is disrupted by the use of synthetic fertilizer
  • The use of synthetic fertilizers results in higher yields and bigger produce that is less nutrient-dense
  • The mineral content of fruits and vegetables has declined by 5 percent to 40 percent over the last five to seven decades

By Dr. Mercola

Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, or NPK, are known as the “Big 3” nutrients that plants need to grow. Nitrogen, considered to be the most important of the Big 3, is essential for plants to form protein, which, as in humans, makes up much of a plant’s tissues.


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