The campaigns agree on food policy in some surprising ways. Most notable: both campaigns say that food-stamp benefits should remain a part of the Farm Bill.
Upstream farmers can’t just stop using fertilizer all together. Researchers are looking at plant-based strategies to help mitigate the dead zone.
Planting cover crops and spoon-feeding fertilizer are two ways to cut agriculture’s contribution to nitrates in water, but not enough farmers are buying in yet.
Crop farms and livestock operations are the biggest contributors to nutrient problems in the Gulf of Mexico
Nutrient runoff isn’t a concern in Indiana because nutrients move away with water. When they settle in Lake Erie, for instance, is when they become a problem.
Fisherman along the Gulf Coast are skeptical that the Food and Drug Administration's testing is thorough enough to deem seafood safe.
Government officials, the seafood industry and food safety experts urge consumers to not fear contaminated seafood in the wake of the recent gulf oil spill.