Record Crop Acreage Affects the Gulf Coast Dead Zone

April 1, 2008 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone in 1999Food prices are going to continue to rise this summer and so are the number of acres planted, according to an article published by Sustainable Food News yesterday. What’s new this year? More soy and less corn. What’s not new? The use of tons and tons of harmful chemical pesticides.

What are the impacts of this farming situation? First of all, more record crop plantings first increases the gigantic dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, where agricultural chemicals from the mid-west states have floated down the Mississippi River and produced an area the size of the state of New Jersey where not even plankton live.

Dead zones are reversible:

The Black Sea dead zone, previously the largest dead zone in the world, largely disappeared between 1991 and 2001 after fertilizers became too costly to use following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the demise of centrally planned economies in Eastern and Central Europe. Fishing has again become a major economic activity in the region.

What can we do? Eat fresh, local, organic products! We have to end this vicious cycle!


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