The Nation: Fertility Right

Rabbi Adam Fisher of Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook, L.I., decided that his temple's lawn was as good a place as any to begin righting a great wrong.

The rabbi read not long ago that a severe fertilizer shortage is one cause of famine in sub-Saharan Africa and India. He was shocked to learn that Americans annually keep their lawns and shrubs verdant with the help of 3 million tons of fertilizer, slightly more than the entire supply that was available to India to grow food during 1973.

"I said, wait a minute, how can a person in good conscience pour all that...

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