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"Dead zone" spreads across Gulf of Mexico


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#1 Guest_invader_*

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 11:58 AM

http://www.cnn.com/2...reut/index.html

we will be the death of the world if big changes arnt made soon.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 01:01 PM

really sad is'nt it.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 01:36 PM

If the damn farmers would go organic we wouldn't have this problem!Posted Image

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 07:06 PM

Unfortunately people have forgotten that agriculture is the foundation of civilization and now farmers are forced to play the economy game at the expense of proper land stewardship.

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Posted 04 August 2004 - 07:07 PM

Although we have come a long way in terms of technology and practices.

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Posted 05 August 2004 - 08:16 PM

"If the damn farmers would go organic we wouldn't have this problem!"

Not exactly. The problem here is the use of nitrogen based fertilizers, which can be organic. Fish Emulsion, and compost are both very high in nitrogen. Nitrogen fertilizers are vital to agriculture. So the real problem seems to be too much agriculture, or poorly managed anyway. Even if every farm in the country were organic it would not solve the problem. The only real solution is to find clever ways to spread out the farms. Also, a good idea would be to plant more reeds and cattails in the rivers around farms. These types of plants pump oxygen from the air into their roots. This puts oxygen in the water. Ultimately farmers have to be more responsible for keeping their farms from shedding pollutants into the water. Their are many ways to go about this depending on the particular situation of each farm, but I don't see it anytime in the near future. As long as they don't recieve any help or incentive to do so.




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