In support of the previous call to amend Clause 19 to include “input industries” among those which are essential to reshaping the food system, I would like to add the following:
· Mineral nutrients have two functions in human nutrition.
a) First they are essential for crops and the fundament of higher yields and enhanced crop quality (content of sugars, vitamins etc.). That means you have to feed the crops before you can feed human beings.
b) Secondly they provide via fertilizers and the soil minerals which are essential for human nutrition as well.
· Fertilizer is food for crops. It provides them with the nutrients they require to grow and become food for humans. Soils rarely contain sufficient nutrients to sustain crop production for extended periods of time. Mineral fertilizers provide a reliable, precise, efficient, and environmentally responsible way to supply nutrients to crops, thereby sustaining high and stable crop yields. Minerals, from a human and animal nutrition point of view, are inorganic elements that cannot be produced in the body. They play important roles in various bodily functions and are hence essential to sustain life and maintain optimal health.
Given the above arguments, my company K+S Kali strongly encourages the ICN2 to acknowledge the important roles played by input industries and particularly the fertilizer industry in addressing malnutrition and thus bettering the food system.
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