another reason to choose organic

Choosing organic isn’t just about not consuming pesticides. It’s also a choice that affects the ecosystem, big time. I’ve mentioned the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico before. Well, I hate to be all doom-and-gloomy, but it’s getting bigger — it’ll be about the size of New Jersey this summer, according to the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Runoff of agricultural chemicals is doing the trick. From the New York Times :

The scientists said high nutrient levels in the water stimulate the growth of algae whose eventual decomposition depletes oxygen to the point that most marine life cannot survive.

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