Modern Marvels

Season 14 Episode 22

Fertilizer

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 20, 2007 on The History Channel
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Fertilizer--without it two thirds of the world would starve. It makes our lawns grow greener and our crops grow taller. Take a tour of the places where the essential nutrients that feed the soil are harnessed.
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      • The top three fertilizer utilizing crops in the U.S. are corn, wheat and soybeans. The top three fertilizer consuming states are Illinois, Iowa and Ohio.

      • In 1856, Congress passed the Guano Islands Act, which gave U.S. citizens the right to possess any island with guano deposits as long as it was not under any foreign government's jurisdiction.

      • Human urine contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Studies show that each person's urine output can provide enough fertilizer to grow a year's supply of wheat and corn for that person.

      • A major contributor to water pollution in streams, oceans and water supplies is the over application and subsequent runoff of home lawn fertilizers.

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      • Narrator: It keeps a third of us alive, it also keeps our roses red and our corn stalks high. It falls from above and it was the big prize in a war. It's the recycled waste of restaurants, restrooms and trash bins. It's dredged from ancient seas and drenched in modern solutions. Dripped, dropped or dumped, now: Fertilizer, on Modern Marvels.

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