Photo: Evelyn Hockstein for the NY Times
We’re so used here at the Rant to shunning chemical fertilizers that this excellent New York Times story about Malawi came as a bit of a shock. The government seems to be ending starvation simply by subsidizing the cost of big bags of chemical fertilizers.
Of course, I’d rather the agriculture minister were sending out big bags of Moo Doo instead. The problem is that it takes a lot of organic matter to grow organically. And if your soil is so depleted nothing is coming out of it….well, it seems to me that artificial nitrogen beats mass starvation.
I only get to be haughty about my growing methods because I live in a nation that is already fat.