There’s a Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico, and Who’s to Blame?

The environmental group known as Mighty has released a report stating that toxins spilling out from things such as manure and fertilizer are creating huge algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico. And now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are expected to unleash the fact that the Gulf is also the region holding one of the largest dead zones in the Western hemisphere. That zone is 8,200 square miles, roughly the same size as New Jersey.

This dead zone is due to agriculture wastewater, which then flows into the streams, rivers and oceans, including the Gulf of Mexico. When this happens, it suffocates out all oxygen, making it an uninhabitable place for aquatic life.

At Stangl’s, we’ve been telling people for years that this has been happening, yet it needs to get to this point before it starts making headlines and people start sitting up and taking notice. Those fertilizers that are used by the other guys are destroying our planet, and they’re destroying our health. There have been direct links made between these toxic fertilizers and cancers developing in adults, children and pets. They affect the entire family, which is why at Stangl’s, we do not use them!

Mighty also said that it might be America’s appetite for meat that’s a major contributor to the pollution problem. While it did admit that it’s only a small amount of businesses that are “contaminating our water and destroying our landscape,” the concern is still very real.

The problem, states Mighty, is that grasslands are being dug up and stripped so they can be turned into soy and corn. These crops are the kind that feed cattle, something that’s much needed today in order to supply the ever-growing demand for meat.

While agriculture is often considered to be good for the environment, the soil of these crops then gets stripped of all its nutrients; and the fertilizers and pesticides that were applied then run off into waterways. To get an idea of the scope of these types of crops, Tyson Foods, a manufacturer that services McDonald’s and Walmart, requires five million acres of corn a year – and all of it is just to feed livestock.

But at Stangl’s, we know there is a better way. We realize that the fertilizer the other guys are using isn’t good for us, or for our waterways. And that with its continued use, we’re literally killing our oceans, our rivers, and our lakes. We’re stripping these waterways from the live that inhabits it, because nothing can survive when they’re surrounded by toxins at all turns.

With the method we use at Stangl’s, everything is kept safe and free from harm. We apply a compost and top dressing that is 100% natural and actually restores life to the earth. It takes nothing, yet it gives back so much.

The other problem is that currently, there is no regulation for tearing up the crops. And until there is, there’s nothing to stop manufacturers and wholesalers from continuing to rip up fields that are covered in healthy grass and soil, in order to turn it into dry and deficient soil.

The problem is big, and it’s definitely one that can be prevented. Tyson Foods responded to the report identifying that it was also concerned for the welfare of the planet, and those who inhabit it, also saying that they are always looking for ways to improve the industry.

We know these problems exist at Stangl’s, and not just in the Gulf of Mexico, but quite literally right in our own backyards. We know that we can stop contributing to dead zones such as those seen in the Gulf, and we know how to do it. Contact us today at 905-641-8133 so you can start doing your part today!



Blog Entry by Sangeeta Waldron in Sustainable Food

Monday, August 7, 2017 – 4:30am