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September 1, 2004 - Farmers Fix Dead Zones

Last year, one of the worst dead zones on record, stretching 150 miles from Baltimore to the York River in Virginia, killed crabs and fish in the Chesapeake Bay Estuary.

New research released by The Rodale Institute® (TRI) and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) shows that by composting manure, farmers can significantly improve the quality of water entering the nation's watersheds.

The research also documents that the use of organic farming practices reduces agricultural water pollution by up to 75 percent.

"Widespread use of agricultural conservation practices is essential to improving the health of local rivers and streams, and ultimately to restoring the Chesapeake Bay," stated Kelly O'Neill, agricultural policy analyst at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

This week, join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, to find out how composting saves fish.

This Week's Guests:
  • Dr. Paul Reed Hepperly — Research Director, The Rodale Institute
  • Jeff Moyer — Farm Manager, The Rodale Institute
  • Daniel J. Desmond — Penn. Dept. of Enviro. Protection
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