In what way did the invention of fertilizers hurt our environment?



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    For centuries, slag, a byproduct of smelting ore, has been used to enrich soil, but fertilizers were developed during the 19th century agricultural revolution. However, not all fertilizers that were developed were dangerous for the environment. Instead, organic fertilizers, such as compost, are naturally occurring and can be incredibly beneficial to the environment through developing better crops. However, inorganic fertilizers are made from chemicals, and they can harm the environment when these dangerous chemicals enter the water supply and remain on the produce to be eaten by humans. The use of fertilizers also emit green house gases and cause the de-oxidation of the ocean.

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