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Let's talk about traditional fertilizers.

Most traditional fertilizers are synthetically made, which means that their composition is designed from the ground up. This means that all the nutrients and minerals needed for plant growth are sourced from the earth in the cheapest way possible, in order to produce bulk to supply the masses. 

Common fertilizers are built up from various chemicals. Some of these chemicals, like potassium and phosphorous, are extracted from the earth in vast scale mining processes. On the photo of the artificial mountain and turquoise lake, a potassium mining site can be seen to get a perspective on the scale of these activities. This is just one out of many mines for the fertilizer industry. 

"The majority of nitrogenous fertilizers aren't absorbed products and they interfere with both underground and surface water. ... Particularly high level of sodium and potassium containing fertilizers, make a negative impact on soil, pH, soil structure deterioration and the increasing feature of acid irrigation or other agricultural operations or from the benefits derived from it is not possible or very scarce."

Savci, S. (2012). An Agricultural Pollutant: Chemical Fertilizer. International Journal of Environmental Science and Development, Vol. 3, No. 1