August 3rd, 2010

The Dead Zone

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There's a lot going on under the surface

There’s something deadly going on in the Gulf of Mexico, and it’s not the BP oil spill. It’s the dead zone, and it’s a phenomena that has been going on for the last 40 years. The dead zone is an area of the ocean where practically all life has been killed off due to lack of oxygen. This happens because chemicals (mostly fertilizers) seep in to the Mississippi River from Midwestern farms, then flow into the Gulf of Mexico. There, algae gobbles it up, and the algae populations explodes. This is good, right? Nope. The giant algae consume all of the oxygen in the water, which leaves none for the rest of the plant and animal life in that part of the ocean. The dead zone has been happening since the early 1970’s, and every year it moves slightly and changes in size. This year’s is thought to be one of the biggest in history, almost the size of New Jersey or Massachusetts. Picture a part of the Gulf of Mexico, the size of Massachusetts, without any plant or animal life. And we did this. Farmers used chemicals on their crops, we bought products which supported the use of these chemicals, and the USDA let them use the chemicals. We all had a hand in creating this dead zone, and we can all have a hand in fixing it.We need to demand that farmers and corporations stop using chemicals and fertilizers and start growing organically. The best way to do this? BUY ORGANIC.

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