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Big Ag is using more synthetic fertilizers, and the nitrogen is causing dead zones and algal blooms in our waterways

With more nitrogen flooding our waterways, creating algal blooms and dead zones, scientists have warned that the use of synthetic fertilizers should be significantly reduced.  In a seminar room at New York University in January, nitrogen experts from around the world painted a picture of how a nitrogen-soaked planet would appear. The group conducted the meeting as part of the International Management System, a five-year, $60-million research project from the United Nations Environment Programme and the Global Environment Facility, that will serve its purpose as nitrogen’s counterpart to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  Read more...

 

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