By John Witherow, BBC NewsFood is the most important ingredient in our lives.
But its chemistry is also an integral part of how we create the world around us.
It’s how we get food, clothes, medicine and even the ability to breathe.
But we can’t just throw all that away.
As we grow and mature our crops, they become increasingly toxic to the environment.
That’s why some crops, such as corn and soy, need to be burned.
But many others, like wheat, are left to mature and sprout new varieties of plants that can withstand the process.
It’s the process of chemical degradation that is known as chemical fertilisation.
It is, in fact, the most dangerous part of agriculture, says Professor Roger Hutton from the University of Kent.
“When you burn wheat, you’re destroying the soil fertility.
And if you’ve got a wheat crop in a field where the soil is very good for food production, then you’re going to have some very serious issues,” he says.”
What we’re trying to do is make a product that we can harvest and then put in the ground, and it’s really just a chemical process.”
But what happens to all that organic matter that gets burnt?
“What’s the point of burning a crop?
What’s the benefit of burning?
And why would we want to burn wheat?” he says, before concluding: “It’s a good question to ask, and a good one to ask because it’s not a question you’d want to answer in the scientific community.”
It’s not just wheat that can be affected by chemical fertilisers.
Some species of plants can be damaged by them, too.
In fact, a recent study in the journal Nature looked at the effects of a chemical fertilizer on a variety of plants and concluded that a number of them could be harmed.
And that’s not the only problem with chemical fertiliser.
As Hutton says, the chemicals that go into them can cause problems when it comes to how the nutrients are delivered to the plant.
In the study, the researchers looked at how chemicals like chlorine and phosphorous are dispersed by the soil and into the air, and how this affects the nutrient uptake.
They found that the chemicals could cause soil to become less nutrient-rich, which in turn could lead to the production of less plant food.
And in some cases, chemical fertilising can even have the opposite effect, affecting the plants themselves.
“The fact that you’re releasing chemicals into the soil that can actually make them less nutrient rich, the fact that it’s damaging plants, that’s a problem,” Hutton explains.
“And the way to make it worse is to just not fertilise it at all.”
You have to get the nutrients into the plants and the plants are then less able to absorb them.
“In fact the chemicals can cause the plants to produce less plant matter, leading to the degradation of the soil’s nutrients, the paper says.
The study concluded that the best way to protect plants is to make sure they are exposed to enough sunlight to grow well.
It also said that burning can cause a further problem, by degrading the soil nutrients.
The best way, therefore, is to try to avoid burning your crops.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t use them to make your own fertiliser and chemical fertilizer.
There are several companies who offer products that can burn the fertiliser or chemicals in your garden, says John Hutton.
These include the firm Canevine, which has developed a process for burning wheat and other crops that use a “solution for all fertilisers”.
And the company Progenitor, which is developing a chemical-fertilitated compost.
It all starts with using chemicals that are soluble in water, which will make it easier to use as fertilizer, Hutton explained.
And it’s also made possible by the fact we have to use chemicals that have a high degree of toxicity, because they can have toxic effects on the plants that they are sprayed on.”
So we need to make use of those chemicals to get a high level of nutrient-sensing capability, and to get those nutrients into a plant,” he explains.
Progenitor’s compost has a lot of phosphorus in it, and that’s where chemicals are stored.
So if we add water, the phosphorus can be extracted, which can make the compost easier to digest.
It can also reduce the chemical levels of the chemicals, and so the chemicals have less impact on the soil.
“And then we need water to break down the chemicals so they can be used.””
The key thing to remember is that chemicals are soluble, so you need to apply the chemicals to the soil so they don’t degrade into the organic matter they are designed to digest,” Hutter says.
“And then we need water to break down the chemicals so they can be used.”
Progenitors compost will be available to farmers by the end of the year, and will be ready for