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Educate students about the important role soil nutrients play in feeding our world!

Learn more about the science of soil and crop nutrients with Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century curriculum and other education resources!


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Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century

The modules for elementary, middle and high school classrooms provide STEM activities and lessons to show how the challenge to feed our world's growing population can be solved with science.

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Are you looking for a way to make learning more engaging? Bring the outside into your classroom with our Online Virtual Classroom! The online virtual classroom is hosted by Nutrients for Life blogger Dee McKenna and is made to complement our Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century Curriculum.

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Phosphate Mining in Southeastern U.S.

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Potash Mining

What do fire extinguishers, toothpaste, and feeding the world have in common? Phosphate!

Phosphate is the "P" in N-P-K; one of three macronutrients that plants need to thrive. Complete with sweeping shots of reclamation land, up-close footage of a dragline in action, and colorful animation of ancient sea life, the Foundation's new "Phosphate Mining" video shows students the amazing process of mining phosphate in the Southeastern region of the U.S. and its importance for global food security.

Every plant needs three basic elements to grow nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Potassium (K) is important to plants because it acts as a regulator. It helps plants efficiently use water, transfer food, and protect against structural stress. So where do we get the K in fertilizer that provides all these great benefits? This short video shows the process of creating potash fertilizer, complete with unique footage of potash mines, evaporation ponds, and depictions of ancient evaporated inland oceans. Also, check out our new Potassium Cycle Poster available free through our website.

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