Fertilizers are much more than agricultural inputs: by growing crops for human and animal consumption, they help provide essential calories, proteins, vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, antioxidants and other bioactive compounds of importance for human nutrition and health.
They play a key role in reducing micronutrient deficiencies in people: the fertilizer fortification of staple food crops with micronutrients (also known as agronomic biofortification) has alleviated deficiencies in zinc, selenium and iodine in communities around the world.
The fertilizer industry supports policies that link agriculture, nutrition and health, and the use of micronutrients where they are needed most.
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Re-thinking the Role of Plant Nutrients
Food Systems Summit 2021
Ensuring Access to Safe and Nutritious Food for All
While the Green Revolution in the 1960s marked a turning point in the performance of food systems, pressures on health, ecosystems, biodiversity and the climate are on a continuous rise. Over 2 billion people still do not have regular access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food, and 3 billion cannot afford the cheapest healthy diet. There is a strong link between human nutrition and the mineral nutrient content of soils and plants, as plants are primary source of nutrients for both humans and animals.
Micronutrients: How Fertilizers help to address the problems of hunger and malnutrition
Mineral fertilizers provide essentials macro- and micronutrients to plants, which in turn are passed on to people when consumed. There is a direct correlation between micronutrient deficiencies in soils and plants and micronutrients deficiencies in humans.