In the Friday, July 26 edition of the Des Moines Register, author and farmer John Gilbert makes a plea that “we must do better with farming.” His compelling essay can be found here: Further reflections: We must to better with farming.
Today, the NOAA released the measurements of the Hypoxic “Dead” Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. More information about the status of the Dead Zone can be read in the article: NOAA-supported scientists find large Gulf dead zone, but smaller than predicted. But don’t let the phrase “but smaller than predicted” fool you. The dead zone is currently the size of Connecticut, over 5,800 square miles.
These two articles are connected by the Mississippi River and its watershed. Gilbert talks about adopting farming practices that benefit the soil quality and keep it where it belongs. In bettering our farms and fields for generations to come, it will help downstream as well.