I was doing some research on ammonium nitrate and its effects, both postive and negative, on the garden when I came across the following quote. Key words are highlighted
"It is some interesting reading to study the history behind amonium nitrate. It originally was used in the Pacific during WWII specifically to drive all humus and tilth out of the soil in the Pacific Islands to create instand hardpan runways for our aircraft. After the war there was so much left that the link between its use as a nitrogen and fertilizer was conceived. Across the great plains wher corn and grains had to produce more and more and more as a commodity the nitrogen gave the desired quick burst. Corn is a huge consumer of nitrogen. Since WWII the USDA emphasis upon NPK and becoming the corn producer of the world led to the elimination of most of the tilth, humus, and topsoil across our country. Even today CORN is the basis for most of our beef, food and other products. Ah..then came the ingenius of growing corn for ethanol. Damn the land ...full speed ahead. PLEASE watch the new video FOOD INC.. And I'm not even a radical environmentalist!"
The Smithsonian also has an article on this. Coincidentally, last night I read about the severe drought and massive crop failures in the US. Interspersed between the text were photos of .... shriveled up corn.
There could be bad days ahead :(
Better learn to grow all I need at home quicksmart!
I guess the implications of industrialised farming didn't really hit me until this week after I did an indepth study of the nitrogen cycle, soil, plant nutrients and fertilisers. We have strayed so far from the ecological origins of farming in the quest to produce ever cheaper food.
PS. Sorry, Scarlett for stating the bleeding obvious. :)