What does Steady State mean, anyway?
A steady state condition can be thought of as a balance between inputs and outputs. When a system is in steady state, all parts are working together to keep it stable over time. We envision a steady state for nutrients, one in which the nutrients we use are not wasted after use but, instead, recycled and reused again and again.
The first step toward achieving our vision of a steady state is to recover nutrients after they’ve been used. Skipping this step means losing nutrients to lakes, rivers, and oceans. Once we’ve lost them, they’re really tough to get back. Not to mention, they can cause a whole lot of damage to aquatic life.
The next step is to design fertilizers that provide just the right amount of nutrients to plants, reducing the potential for nutrient losses. Our recovered phosphorus is slowly soluble. In simple terms this means our plant nutrients become available to plants when the plants need it. We think that’s pretty cool (and we imagine the plants think so, too).
The final step is applying the right amount of nutrients to crops and plants. When over-fertilization occurs, we lose nutrients to things like erosion, runoff and leaching. Our fertilizer application recommendations are provided to help you give your plants only the nutrients they need, when they need them.
By recovering nutrients before they’re lost and promoting responsible fertilizing practices, we offset the need for introducing brand new fertilizers – often produced unsustainably – into the system. Using recycled nutrients helps us contribute to a steady state in nutrient management, minimizing the amount of single-use nutrients that enter and leave our global food system every year.
This Steady State vision is both aspirational and inspirational. Using it as our brand serves as a reminder to us that although there is a lot of work to be done on a global scale, we will always have room for creativity, innovation and collaboration in the pursuit of a more balanced food system.