The Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico Shrinks; Will Perennial Biomass Crops Help Keep It That Way?
(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) With an extreme drought across the nation’s agricultural heartland, Mother Nature has been able to accomplish in one extremely dry summer what conservationists have been trying to do for decades: restore oxygen and life to the waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. While the shrunken dead zone is something to celebrate, it has come at a very great price. Expanding the use of agricultural practices to reduce nutrient pollution, including the establishment of conservation biomass energy crops, offer a far better way to clean up the Gulf and make agricultural production more sustainable. READ MORE