How organic-based fertilizers boost farmer incomes
Organic-based fertilizers improve farmer incomes by helping farmers nurture sustainably fertilized soil that enables them to grow abundant, high-quality crops. Improved crop quality not only enables farmers to secure higher prices for their produce, but also prolongs crop conservation, which gives farmers more time to choose the best moment to sell their crops at advantageous prices.
How organic-based fertilizers benefit consumers
With the global population growing and food security likely to remain a pressing concern, the role that organic-based fertilizers play in fostering increased yields may also help ensure that everyone can get enough to eat. In addition, by adding value to sustainably sourced plant and/or animal by-products which would otherwise be destined for waste streams, organic-based fertilizers help reduce waste throughout the agri-food chain. Less waste and abundant yields mean lower costs, which ultimately benefit the consumer who has access to sufficient, high-quality, affordable food.
How organic-based fertilizers support local and regional economies
Producers of organic-based fertilizers employ a wider range of workers in production sites, warehouses, distribution chains, offices and laboratories. Many organic-based fertilizer companies are small enterprises outside of major economic centres. These companies provide welcome sources of employment — often highly skilled — and demand for local services in rural areas, where the economy may be sorely in need of diversification.
Because of the relatively modest size of organic-based fertilizer companies, they often conduct their research in partnership with universities and independent research institutes. This model of open innovation fosters the exchange of knowledge and innovation and creates demand for researchers and other highly skilled workers, thus encouraging more students to enter the scientific fields that will help drive sustainable economic growth in Europe in coming years.