View Full Version : The High Price Of Our Fertilizer Addiction

04-29-13, 09:08 AM
Jill Richardson
April 24 2013

Compared to the lifetime of grieving ahead for the people of West, Texas, a few years of reduced crop yields is a small price to pay for converting from "conventional" to organic farming.

My heart aches for the people of West, Texas, the tiny town where a fertilizer plant recently blew up. Many of the folks who perished in the blast were heroic volunteer firefighters who ran into danger instead of away from it.

With 14 dead and 200 injured (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/04/20/numerous-injuries-reported-in-large-explosion-at-texas-fertilizer-plant/), and a nearby nursing home, school, and apartment complex either badly damaged or destroyed, West’s brave citizens have hard work ahead.

As a nation, we must prevent a disaster like this from happening again. For starters, we can make fertilizer plants safer and locate them away from schools and nursing homes (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/19/1203241/-The-wonder-of-libertarian-zoning-laws-West-Texas-edition) from now on.
This tragedy is even more painful because the factory was making a product — nitrogen fertilizer — that perhaps should not be used at all.


Jane Chitty
04-29-13, 10:48 AM
Thank you, Julieanne, for posting this very interesting article.