Maize growing in Mississippi, showing soil erosion©Design Pics Inc/Rex/Shutterstock
Nutrient run-off from agricultural land is being blamed for the vast oceanic dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico and farmers have responded by adopting measures more commonly seen in the EU, such as  buffer strips.  Dead fish floating belly-up in a sea of green slime – this is the Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxic (deprived of oxygen) zone, an area where pollution is so bad little can survive. Spanning a record 8,776 sq miles at its peak this summer, the […]