So you are always hearing about people “going green”…. what the hell does it actually mean?

I actually couldn’t tell you, but a good place to start to find out is with a company by the name of Converted Organics. They are a completely organic fertilizer company that has taken a giant step in the right direction that I believe agriculture needs to take.

Converted Organics’ all natural fertilizer, which is made from food waste, is being used from large scale organic agriculture to people’s individual lawns and gardens. The unique patented process that Converted Organics uses is basically a very large scale form of backyard composting. The main difference, other than size, is that Converted Organics introduces additional oxygen into the process, which turns a few months process into a matter of hours.

The main difference between organic fertilizer and synthetic fertilizer is how long it takes the effects to become noticeable.

Synthetic fertilizers directly feed the plant resulting in a very quick and noticeable amount of color change and growth. However, these results are very short-lived and require many applications. All the while chemical fertilizers are degrading the quality of the soil and getting washed into local waterways.

Organic fertilizers feed the soil instead of feeding the plant directly. This is how nature intends the process to work and is the only way that agriculture is sustainable in the long run. While many applications of synthetic fertilizers are needed during the growing season, organic fertilizers slowly feed the plant for up to 8 to 10 weeks when the plant calls for it. This improves not only the overall growth of a plant, but helps establish a stronger root system, better color, and better resistance to disease and extreme weather.

So why do people continue to use synthetic applications….???

Well the number one reason is that they believe it to be far cheaper than organic applications. What many farmers and people fail to realize is that over the course of a growing season you end up paying roughly the same amount for 2-3 applications of synthetic fertilizer as you do for one application of an organic fertilizer, such as Converted Organics. Looking past one growing season you realize that applying chemical fertilizers becomes increasingly more expensive in the long run. The reason for this is that eventually something drastic must be done to improve the soil quality that has been so poorly fertilized. The most common method is to give the soil a break from growing such nutrient needy crops. Well that means sacrificing a couple years of growing the real money-making crops, which means the piggy bank will be half full for a couple years.

Another thing not to worry about is the odor of Converted Organics. Unlike other organic fertilizers that smell like manure there is no odor before or after application when using Converted Organics product.

Over the past couple years Converted Organics has been struggling with clearing their debt and actually making substantial revenue. However, on April 13, 2010 Converted Organics reported revenue of 811,600 for the first quarter of 2010, which is a 65% gain over last year’s first quarter earnings report. The main thing that has helped revenues is that Converted Organics product is not available in Home Depot and Walmart all over the country.

I know what I’m working into the garden this year, I hope you do too.

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