"Without ocean sponges emitting nitrogen, a commonly used fertilizer, coral reefs would not thrive in their crystal clear waters." - National Geographic News
Why We Do It
Agrium Advanced Technologies is driven to make an increasingly positive impact on stakeholders while developing improved fertilizers and plant growth technologies, ultimately helping to feed the world responsibly. The need to monitor food quantity is real. Our world population has doubled in 40 years from 1968 (3.55 billion) to 2010 (6.9 billion). Population estimates project we will be a little over 8 billion people by 2025. This puts enormous pressure on producers to grow more using the same amount of land, or increase the size of their farms to accommodate demand.
Fertilizer Sustains World Food and Energy Demands
Experts estimate that commercial fertilizer is responsible for the basic food needs of 40 to 60 percent of the world's population. Fertilizer helps growers meet production demands without increasing the amount of land they are using for farming. Additionally, their consistent quality, uniform size and predictable release allows growers to manage nutrients more sustainably.
Learn more about Agrium's Corporate Sustainability strategy.
Agrium Advanced Technologies is Growing the Next Generation
Our experience with plants, crop nutrients and soil fertility gives us knowledge to share with youth, educators and organizations in the agricultural community. AAT provides hands-on learning tools through interactive exhibits, industry partnerships and websites to help the next generation learn about the vital role that nutrients play in our food production. AAT's educational site for youth is Growing The Next Generation.
Benefits of Fertilizer
Nutrients play a unique role in replenishing our soils and sustaining the world's growing need for food, fiber and fuel. Agrium Advanced Technologies is proud to be part of an industry that provides these life-sustaining resources and maintains the quality of one of the world's most precious resources - our soil.