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Dead Zone Pollution Is Growing Despite Decades of Work, So Who's the Culprit?

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One of our most widespread environmental problems, this pollution continues to pour into the rivers, and ultimately the Gulf, at a growing pace.

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Jason S (50)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 1:52 pm
No one seen to care about thing like anymore, there worry about money all the time

Terry King (113)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 3:39 pm
We have met the enemy and he is us!............ Pogo

Gene Jacobson (290)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 4:06 pm
"Nationally, consumption of nitrogen fertilizer has tripled since the 1960s, surging to 12.3 million tons in 2010, according to USDA data. The amount of nitrogen applied as farm fertilizer grew 18 percent between 1987 and 1997, according to a 2006 USGS study."

This is the real culprit and it began before the 60's. After WWII we had a huge surplus of unused nitrogen, people discovered you could make plants grow faster and larger by using it as fertilizer and so it began. We now have wonderful looking but nutritionally deficient foods that taste or look like nothing grown with only natural fertilizers on the farm I grew up on. There are vast stretches of America's "breadbasket" where the topsoil is essentially dead, it will grow nothing without ever increasing amounts of artificial fertilizers. We've done this to ourselves and our glut is killing the Gulf now too. Pollution, global warming, climate change - what have we done and to whom can we look for help? You have to admit you have a problem before you can address it and the money involved in corporate farming is so large as it is in fossil fuel production as to cause those with the money to refuse to admit they have a problem, like any other addict, they'll deny it until they kill themselves, the sad part is that they'll take the rest of us with them.

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 11:00 pm
> We have met the enemy and he is us!.
err, well, I'd say 1) the enemy here is industrial agro-busine$$, and more generally human overpopulation+hyper-consumption and
2) we (ie. those of us who have at least been trying to put up some RESISTANCE, which I hope describes most here at "care2") maybe shouldn't identify too much with the enemy $y$tem (for then we have to fight it + us) ... I, for one, (think I) am to blame for industrial agro-busine$$ & human overpopulation+hyper-consumption in the Fourth Reich as much as the Resistance was to blame for the atrocities of the Third Reich: for not doing enough to stop and reverse it, that is.
Wheras others are to blame considerably (i.e. orders of magnitude) more, like for supporting it and even for reaping profits from it
((unsourced) from my memory): amount of antropogenic (=human-caused) Nitrogen-throughput surpassed that of all natural processes together some decade(s) ago

Monica D (580)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 12:43 am
We humans need to restrain our numbers and demands on nature.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 5:27 am

Anna M (18)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 6:09 am
Cree Prophecy:
When all the trees have been cut down,
When all the animals have been hunted,
When all the waters are polluted,
When all the air is unsafe to breathe,
Only then will you discover
You cannot eat money.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 6:40 am
thx for sharing!

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 7:52 am
More reason to look at the sustainable farming model with trees in the fields, etc. to address run-off into the rivers

Dana B (140)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 10:21 am
Thank you for the article

Susanne R (235)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 12:52 pm
The article mentions that: "The rivers forever link farmers in the Midwest and fishers in the Gulf." They HAVE to work together to begin to minimize this problem. Iowa's Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship had found a solution that works by installing underground drains that efficiently remove water from fields and building wetlands to filter tile-line water. I realize that this is costly and labor-intensive, but it's also important. It's very sad that the EPA is backing away from this issue, leaving it to individual states to find solutions. Unfortunately, the problem isn't confined to one state; it "flows" through a number of them. One more reason why we can allow the GOP to further weaken the EPA any further and continue with its plan to eventually eliminate it altogether.

This is a very interesting and informative article, Kit! Thank you for posting it! Your articles never fail to educate and are bound to set off a spark even in the minds of the most complacent among us!

Florence Eaise (132)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 1:05 pm
Thanks for another great article Kit i learn something new everytime ;)

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 2:17 pm
Organic veg'n diet will reduce excrement, nitrous oxide, methane, water /soil/air pollution/ acid in the oceans, global warming by over 50%. Animals as food for humans is causing more destruction than all other sources combined!!!! It is up to US, not the governments, to save this planet and all life and elements. Veg'n diet is easy, organic is green, and for our own personal health, cuts in health care cots and diseases, restoration of forests soil water wair life we simply must follow it!
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