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Gulf of Mexico – Agriculture’s Dead Zone

Touch the Soil News #1391 (Feature photo – Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone – Public Domain NOAA)

The NOAA reports that with this year’s flooding along the Mississippi River, there was more runoff from agricultural fields. The runoff ultimately ends up in the Gulf of Mexico on the outer regions of New Orleans.

The increased water runoff is transporting more fertilizer and other chemical from the farm fields and into the Gulf of Mexico.

We all need to eat and the fields around the world have been materially depleted of nutrients. Does the Mississippi River need to be directed through a water-treatment facility? What do you think?

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