More severe 'dead zone' in Mexico - 2 Aug 2009  
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The oxygen-deprived region that is measured annually in the Gulf of Mexico is smaller than predicted this year; however, it is more severe in its effect as the areas of low oxygen levels are closer to the surface.
The “dead zone,” a region where life can no longer be supported, is formed from agricultural runoff resulting largely from livestock-related activities enters the Gulf and stimulates an overgrowth of algae.

The algae in turn sinks, decomposes and then consumes excessive oxygen form the water. Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, stated, “Clearly the flow of excess nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural fields in the Mississippi drainage basin continues to wreak havoc with life in the Gulf.”

Many thanks Administrator Lubchenco and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for your candid report. Let us all make strides toward adopting sustainable ways that honor the lives of all beings on Earth.

During a March 2009 videoconference in Xalapa, Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed how human activities contribute to dead zones while offering the fastest solution to the problem.

Supreme Master Ching Hai : Overfishing and chemical run-off from farms and factories all cause harm, because they do not consider the impact of our actions on other beings. For example, you are surely aware of the so called “dead-zones” in the Gulf of Mexico. These waters have been contaminated to such an extent that no life can exist anymore there.

The way to solve this problem is through greater consideration for all life. If everyone is vegetarian, better still vegan, having an animal-free diet, then there is a different outlook for for development of all kinds. In our case, it will proceed to restore the wonders of our marine life.