May 9, 2009

USGS Identifies Watersheds Contributing to Dead Zone

Watersheds contributing to Gulf of Mexico dead zone identified. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently reported 150 watersheds, or geographic water runoff regions, spanning nine Midwestern US states that are responsible for more than 70 percent of the 8,000 square-kilometer oceanic dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, a growing area of water that is unable to support life. The cause of this watershed contamination is animal manure and commercial fertilizers, with the contaminants draining into the Mississippi River basin, which then flows south into the Gulf of Mexico. Also highlighted in the report is a growing ethanol industry originating from fertilizer-intensive corn, which pollutes the Gulf as well as state waterways.

Our appreciation, US Geological Survey for revealing the detrimental effects of livestock raising and conventional farming methods, which reach even beyond the nation’s boundaries. Let us switch immediately to organic farming and a plant-based lifestyle to end environmental devastations such as these.

At the March 2009 SOS Save the Planet climate change conference in Xalapa City, Mexico, attended by Mexican dignitaries and many other participants, honored guest Supreme Master Ching Hai spoke via videoconference about the solution for the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, among other harbingers of global warming faced by the country.

Videoconference with Supreme Master Ching Hai
SOS: Save the Planet Xalapa, Mexico March 6, 2009

Supreme Master Ching Hai: It’s already almost 8,000 square mile dead zone and now it’s going to increase larger. Dead zones are ocean areas that no longer contain enough oxygen to support marine life. River run off laden with nitrates of farm fertilizers are a main cause of these oxygen deprived areas. With this year’s Gulf of Mexico zone expected to extend beyond 10,000 square miles. There are surely more terrible situations in Mexico that are not checked, due to our carelessness in taking care of the environment, and the global warming resulting thereof.

We still have hope, high hope to save the planet. We still have several more years to save the planet, but we are counting down the days. You just be vegetarian, and then you ask anybody who you know to be vegetarian with you. That’s the most simple solution and the most effective to save the planet, according to scientific research, according to medical research, and according to all the religious advice.

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