Washington, DC –The Nutrients for Life Foundation announced today that a new version of their Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century curriculum is now available to high school educators free of charge. This updated version, written by textbook company BSCS and reviewed by the Smithsonian Institution, includes the addition of enhanced efficiency fertilizer use within the fertilizer industry. The addition encourages classroom discussion on the importance of crop nutrients, technology in soil health, and the industry’s achievements in increasing yields while reducing environmental harm.

The curriculum provides an interesting approach by reviewing the advantages and disadvantages of controlled slow release fertilizer and stabilized fertilizers.  An enhanced efficiency fertilizer is designed to reduce nutrient losses and improve nutrient-use efficiency by crops while improving crop yields.  Slow-and controlled-release fertilizers are designed to deliver extended, consistent supplies of nutrients to the crop.  Stabilized nitrogen fertilizers incorporate nitrification inhibitors and nitrogen stabilizers, which extend the time that nitrogen remains in a form available to plants and reduces losses to the environment.

“As technology changes, we are able to better provide a sustainable way of ensuring high crop yields, while at the same time reducing environmental impact through the use of enhanced efficiency fertilizers,” said Ronda Hamm, Global Academic Relations at  Corteva Agriscience.  “We are extremely pleased to see the newest curriculum include the advancements in technology our industry has developed and are excited to support the Nutrients for Life Foundation and their mission.”

Educators can download our curricula, find corresponding standards, a variety of supplemental resources and programming available on our website www.nutrientsforlife.org.

All information developed by our Foundation is science-based and supported by agronomists. The Nutrients for Life Foundation is a global organization consisting of members and collaborative partners that develops and distributes science-based materials to improve plant nutrient literacy, soil health knowledge and promotes fertilizer’s role in sustaining a growing population.

The Nutrients for Life Foundation is a tax-exempt status organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is incorporated in the State of Delaware. The Foundation was formed to disseminate educational information to the general public, including policy makers, about fertilizers, modern agriculture and the role plant nutrients serve in improving people’s lives.





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