DIY: The Debate over Organic vs. Chemical Fertilizers - Danny LipfordChemical Fertilizers
Chemical fertilizers (also called inorganic, synthetic, artificial, or manufactured) have been refined to extract nutrients and bind them in specific ratios with other chemical fillers. These products may be made from petroleum products, rocks, or even organic sources. Some of the chemicals may be naturally occurring, but the difference is that the nutrients in chemical fertilizers are refined to their pure state and stripped of substances that control their availability and breakdown, which rarely occurs in nature.
Is some petroleum required to produce, deliver, and spread fertilizer? Of course, but fertilizer is not made from any petroleum product.
Regardless, even if it does, so what? Did I miss the memo about how we will all be on 100% pure alternative energy in 10 years? Did someone invent a way to produce plastic without petroleum? Are internal combustion engines going away in the next 10 years?
This type of argument is the exact same one made by Clinton in the late '90s. Of course, 10 years after that, oil spiked up over $150 per barrel.