Organic vs Minerals
ORGANIC VS MINERAL NUTRIENTS
Every living thing dwells on food. Food as one of the fundamental basis of life is made up of nutrients. Nutrients are responsible for life build up, energy, and tissue maintenance and metabolism regulation.
Most of the nutrients human and animals have at disposals is supplied naturally by plant apart from synthetic nutrients.
Interestingly, plants can get their nutrients needed without fertiliser either organic or inorganic fertilisers.
Every living thing has different nutrient requirements, but nonetheless, nutrients are still required if an organism would survive, grow and reproduce. Therefore nutrients must be consumed in sufficient amount emphasis on sufficient, most disorders/deficiencies found in living things are as a result of “too much” or to “less” consumption of nutrients. Nutrients need to be consumed at the right time and at the right amount.
Like it has been established earlier on, plants are the only living thing that synthesise nutrients even though they need nutrients to supply nutrient consumable by the humans and animals.
Nutrients within plants are divided into two micro and macro nutrients but that is not our focus for now, the focus will be on the sources of those nutrients which are organic and inorganic fertilisers.
Organic fertilisers are derived from natural fertilisers that contain carbon as the major nutrients while inorganic fertilisers or say mineral fertilisers contains majorly potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus as the main nutrients.
Organic and mineral nutrients are both required good growth and development but both have some major differences.
One difference between the duo, is the composition; the organic nutrients have carbon, hydrogen and oxygen as its major component while mineral nutrients have nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus as their major components.
Next, the organic nutrients supply nutrients that can be processed immediately by the digestive system without any further breakdown like those present in the mineral nutrient. The nutrient supply by the mineral or synthetic nutrients needs further breaking down before the body system can make good use of them.
Then, the organic nutrients are reusable, this is because it is a carbon source, so it is can be reused since it will continue to produce carbon while the mineral nutrient needs to be synthesised again for another usage. It is a chemical substance and once used up, it needs to be produced again.
Finally, one could talk of their differences it terms of their toxicity. More often than none, organic nutrients are not toxic to the body system but on the other hand, mineral nutrients if not used according to instructions call cause toxicity which then lead to deficiencies of several types in humans or animals.
It is important to know that both nutrients have their pros and cons but it all depends on the user to select the best one that suits it his/her purpose, even though that will depend on his/her management strategy because in US for example, every farm produce must pass the nutrient requirement test, nutrient management in plant is very important because the consumers will consume nutrients that is present in the product.