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Healthy Soils Lead to Healthy Crops and Healthy People

When it comes to producing enough food for a growing global population, healthy soils are paramount—and sometimes overlooked.

Fertility is a critical aspect of soil health. Every time a crop is grown and harvested, nutrients are taken from the soil—and those nutrients must be replaced in order to continue producing food, feed, fuel and fiber crops. Potash and phosphate fertilizers make a vital contribution to healthy, productive soils by providing the nutrients plants need for growth.

What Plants Need, People Need

Global food security—safe, reliable access to nutritious food for all the world’s people—isn’t just about ensuring there is enough food to go around. The nutritional quality of those foods is also critically important.

Just like plants, people need minerals to thrive. Phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, zinc: these are just a few of the elements that enable healthy plant and human development. We get the vitamins and minerals we need from the foods we eat. Our food, in turn, gets its nutrients from the soil.

What are Potash and Phosphate?

Potash and phosphate are two of the three primary nutrients plants need to grow to their full potential. In all, plants require 17 essential elements to thrive.

Plant nutrients can be macronutrients, which are those needed in greater quantities, including nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), sulfur (S) and magnesium (Mg). Micronutrients include zinc (Zn), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), boron (B) and molybdenum (Mo), and are needed in lesser quantities.

Potash

- Potassium is vital to photosynthesis, protein synthesis and many other functions affecting plant quality.
- Potash is a naturally occurring mineral found in deep rock deposits left behind by evaporation of ancient seas.
- Learn how we produce potash crop nutrients
- Learn about our potash products:

Phosphate

- Phosphorus is essential for normal plant growth, and is especially important for capturing the sun’s energy and converting it to useful plant compounds.
- Phosphorus is found in the Earth’s extensive, shallow deposits of phosphate rock, which were formed by the decay of ancient sea life.
- Learn how we produce phosphate crop nutrients
- Learn about our phosphate products:

Micronutrient Deficiencies: A Global Malnutrition Problem

Micronutrients help our bodies produce enzymes, hormones and other substances essential for proper growth and development. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, micronutrient deficiencies affect more than 2 billion people globally, and are a serious health threat, especially to women and children in developing countries. Common micronutrient deficiencies include iodine, vitamin A and iron.

We rely on healthy food to get the nutrients we need. Crops take up those nutrients from the soil, and deliver them to our dinner plates in the foods we eat. With as much as 60 percent of crop yields depending on soil fertility, balanced crop nutrition is the foundation for growing healthier crops.

Mosaic Supports Harvest Zinc Research

Zinc deficiency accounts for the deaths of more than 400,000 children every year. Major health problems associated with zinc deficiency include impairments in brain function and mental development, disturbances in immune systems, and delays in physical development (e.g. stunting).

Mosaic supports the research trials being conducted by Harvest Zinc, which use MicroEssentials® with zinc to produce biofortified cereal grains. Read more at HarvestZinc.org.