Minnesota Farmer

Ethanol and the “Dead Zone”
July 14, 2010, 1:02 pm
Filed under: Biofuels, ethanol, Fishing, science | Tags: , , , , , ,

Many are trying to blame ethanol and other agricultural practices for the Gulf of Mexico dead zone.  They obviously have not checked up on what is happening in the gulf.

Last year the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico was estimated to be about 3,000 square miles. Last year, the U.S. produced 10.8 billion gallons of ethanol. In 2001, the dead zone was 8,006 square miles, and ethanol production in the U.S. was 1.8 billion gallons. How do critics of ethanol explain how the dead zone shrunk while ethanol production increased by more than 6 times in the U.S.

If agriculture is changing the size of  the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, it is not a bad change.  In fact I think maybe folks should be thanking agriculture for helping to clean up the gulf.

The BP oil spill is making a change on life in the Gulf of Mexico, one that will cause problems for those who live there for a very long time.  Perhaps we need to look at who is really doing something to clean up the world.  I look to agriculture rather than big oil.



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