Dead zones

Meat Industry to Blame for Massive Dead Zone, New Analysis Says

According to a recent analysis by environmental protection organization Mighty Earth, America’s largest meat companies are to blame for the Gulf of Mexico dead zone. The analysis shows that huge meat companies have constructed slaughterhouses, processing facilities, and industrial farms in areas throughout the Mississippi River basin that are prone to flooding.

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The Gulf Of Mexico’s Expanding Dead Zone

Bad news is flowing towards the Gulf of Mexico. The catastrophic rains that have pummeled the Midwest this spring are flooding streams and rivers with farm runoff, fertilizers and sewage runoff that will soon hit the Gulf, greatly expanding the dead zone in the fishing grounds there. Scientists say that about 8,000 square miles of the Gulf will be affected, driving away crab, shrimp and fish as the water loses its oxygen. Marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais of Louisiana State University has been studying the Gulf waters since 1985, and she joins us now on the line.

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