Fertoz works with a network of reliable dealers, distributors and retailers that service many agriculturally focused areas in the United States, Canada and around the world. As a company who takes organic agriculture and sustainable farming to heart, Fertoz not only takes great care to mine in quality areas, but to produce as natural phosphate products as possible.
Organic products have shifted from being a lifestyle choice for a small share of consumers to being consumed at least occasionally by a majority of Americans. Consumers prefer organically produced food because of their concerns regarding health, the environment, and animal welfare, and they show a willingness to pay the price premiums established in the marketplace.
Consumer demand for organically produced goods continues to show double-digit growth, providing market incentives for U.S. farmers across a broad range of products. Organic products are now available in nearly 20,000 natural food stores and nearly 3 out of 4 conventional grocery stores. Organic sales account for over 5 percent of total U.S. food sales, according to recent industry statistics. Organic food is sold to consumers through three main venues in the United States—conventional grocery stores, natural food stores, and direct-to-consumer markets. A typical organic consumer is difficult to pinpoint, but new research continues to shed light on consumer attitudes and purchasing behaviour. Organic price premiums continue to remain high in many markets as the demand for organic products expands.
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Producers are concerned about the long term health of their soil and the environment. Organic foods are produced in the United States and Canada according to the National Organic Program (NOP) and the Canadian Organic Standards for Organic Production Systems (COR) respectively. General principles of organic crop production ensure that:
Organic production acres are rising is response to consumer demand. The Organic Trade Association states that in the US, organic is the 4 th largest food and feed commodity. The number of certified organic farms grew by 7% in 2017, with continual growth into recent years. According to The Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA), 6.4 thousand organic operations and 3.2 million acres represent 2% of Canadian farmland.
“Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils,ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic Agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved."
Industrialized practices rely on the use of fossil fuels and chemical processes to produce fertilizer. Processing and manufacturing of conventional fertilizer increases fossil fuel consumption and carbon release into the atmosphere. The production of rock phosphate drastically minimizes carbon emissions compared to industrial fertilizers. Conventional fertilizers are heavily applied annually to improve soil nutritional status; but may consequentially deplete long-term stores of nutrients, reduce soil biodiversity and impact the environment. Alternatively, organic farming relies on traditional farming approaches and requires that soil and crop inputs are produced naturally to promote sustainable, healthy soils. Organic fertilizer amendments are used to correct nutritional deficiencies as part of overall nutrient management strategies. Transitional farmers are required to farm according to organic standards, but sell their products conventionally until they have fully transitioned their land into organic production.
Fertoz offers solutions for producers who want to farm sustainably; conventional, transitional and organic. Fertoz also supplies rock phosphate for land reclamation. It is Fertoz’s mission to provide organic agricultural markets with access to quality phosphate fertilizers. Fertoz has extensively sought after natural sources of rock phosphate with high available phosphorus. Chosen sources are accessible by truck and rail and are geographically positioned in high organic production areas. Fertoz product is backed by research, trialing and feedback from our clients. Fertoz works with a global network of distributors to supply products that are created naturally and approved by organic certifying agencies. Fertoz works closely with producers to assess fertility needs, discuss suitable application methods and ensure efficient use of Fertoz products. Fertoz is committed to ensuring that Fertoz rock phosphate fertilizer is natural, certified for use in organic production systems, and provides nutrients to drive crop yields.