Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilizer
§ Synthetic nitrogen used for land based crop fertilizer has made it possible for an additional 3.5 billion people to be alive today. Without it, we would only have enough food to feed half of our current world population of 7 billion. Approximately 50% of the nitrogen contained in the muscles and other tissue of our bodies originated from synthetic nitrogen.
§ Synthetic nitrogen fertilizer is produced by the 100-year-old Haber-Bosch process that uses primarily nonrenewable natural gas as a key ingredient. This nitrogen fertilizer production model is inherently unsustainable.
§ Worldwide synthetic nitrogen fertilizer runoffs into rivers and oceans from croplands and other associated chemical reactions that synthetic nitrogen has with the environment contribute greatly to the creation of marine dead zones, aquatic acidification, and global warming. These all have profound negative impacts on the capacity of our marine and freshwater ecosystems to produce both wild and farmed seafood.
§ These negative impacts will only intensify unless improvements are made to maximize the efficient application of synthetic nitrogen to croplands on a worldwide basis. Ultimately, we will need to find renewables to replace the fossil fuels used in its production.
Sea Port believes that this New Year will welcome in a new age where there is a shared holistic concept that food production practices on land are inextricably linked to the healthy food production capabilities of Earth’s aquatic environments. By boldly confronting our dependency upon synthetic nitrogen fertilizer, we will help advance sustainability improvements for our biosphere. Such improvements will be critical as we endeavor to feed 3 billion more people (primarily by aquaculture) as our world population expands to 10 billion by the year 2050.
Sea Port is excited for the coming New Year. We will continue to work towards our corporate goal of advancing sustainable seafood production. In addition, we will wholehearted support others who share the holistic concept that improvements in land based agriculture accrue sustainability benefits to the entire global seafood industry and we believe that improving the use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer on croplands certainly embodies this holistic concept.
Happy New Year!