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A “dead zone” is an area of ocean that is so depleted of oxygen that no fish, marine mammals, or in some cases life of any kind, can live there. Dead zones exist all around the world, especially where major rivers dump industrial and agricultural runoff that may come from hundreds of miles away. Here in the US, the Mississippi River drains about a third of the country, so the pesticides, antibiotics, fertilizers, and manures produced by thousands of farms and ranches in many states end up in the Gulf of Mexico.

That was true even before last year’s catastrophic BP oil hemorrhage.  So the waters of the gulf are not fit for a self-respecting fish to live in. The photo below shows the extent of this low-oxygen dead zone, with red areas being lowest.

Lindsey Blomberg reports in E Magazine that recovery from dead zone status is possible, stating:”Such a turnaround has been seen in the Black Sea, which contained the largest dead zone in the world during the 1980s. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, fertilizers became too costly to use. Phosphorus applications were cut by 60% and nitrogen use was halved. By 1996, the dead zone was absent for the first time in 23 years.”

What can you do? Choose more organically produced foods of all kinds. This causes less harm to human health air, land, and water – including oceans. Eat less beef (better yet – none), because producing it creates tons of runoff that poisons oceans.

Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico

Oh by the way, if you do think you’d like to eat seafood, would you really want it to come from an area of ocean that is, frankly, our nation’s sewer system?

Created by the Environmental Defense Fund, check out this heartbreaking video on the images from the oil hemorrhage. There are ways that you can help whether or not you live close or not. Please check out what you can do to restore the Gulf Coast.


It’s been 100 days since BP’s accidental “spill.” When over 94 to 184 MILLION gallons have been dumped into our ocean, I’m pretty sure it’s not just spill anymore – SO STOP CALLING IT THAT! It’s an Oil Hemorrhage! Yes, it was temporarily capped 2 weeks ago, but we still have over 80 days of gushing oil to take care of… I just read an article that informed me that there are 1.8 million gallons of dispersant chemicals being dumped into the ocean! Get this: the article is even entitled, “Scientists’ dispersant concerns remain.” Yes okay, I just said we need to take care of the oil floating around in the ocean, but as we are dumping millions of gallons in hopes to dissipate the oil and nobody is listening to the scientists who are saying, “Hummm wait, this might not have the best side effects for our sea creatures and humans who eat seafood!” Actually, they are. In fact they’re saying, “…such more needs to be learned about dispersants — their behavior with oil, chemical ingredients, chronic and delayed effects — to understand the risks” in regards to humans. What’s worse is the scientist (according to this article) can’t even agree if the natural decomposition of the oil or throwing in the dispersants will produce the best results.

Bottom line is I’m a bit outraged. I feel like you’ve had 100 days now to figure out which would be a better outcome and years to learn about dispersants! Shouldn’t you know by now? Isn’t that your jobs?! And why are we dumping in things that we’re not 100% sure if in the long run it’ll be good for the fish and us or that it’s the best method of getting rid of the oil?!

[youtube=] Disturbing and depressing footage on this oil hemorrhage. Why hasn’t more action been taken to stop this? What do you think about this issue?

It’s not just a spill any more! Spill makes it sound light-hearted, as you would say, “Don’t cry over spilled milk.” This isn’t just milk, nor is it just a spill. We call it “The Oil Hemorrhage.” Why? Because by definition, a hemorrhage is “a rapid and uncontrollable loss or outflow.”  This seems more appropriate than calling it an oil spill! This oil hemorrhage in the Gulf of Mexico is something that everyone should be concerned about! It is one of the largest environmental disasters EVER and will affect everyone for generations! We predict that fish will be even more hazardous to our health as well as to other animals that consume them. Will the fish and marine life have to evolve to survive? Will enough fish survive to do that?

What do you think will be some other consequences to this so-called spill?

The polluting of the Gulf of Mexico by the still-spewing oil disaster is just the latest of our assaults on the region. Did you know that for part of every year, the area near the Mississippi River delta has been so poisoned by agricultural and industrial contaminants that it is literally called the Dead Zone? And that was BEFORE the recent spill. There are hundreds of Dead Zones around the world that ebb and flow with the seasons, but this may set a record as a Dead Gulf. What can you do? Choose organic food as often as you possibly can. Plant a fruit tree, grow some tomatoes in a pot – join the growing crowd of urban farmers who are starting to take back the ancient human art of growing food.