The Dirty Secrets Of Animal Agri Business - Part 2

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As we continue working our way through the Top 5 Dirty Secrets of Animal Agribusiness, Dirty Secret #2 involves one of the serious environmental threats directly caused by animal agriculture. Waste discharges from animal farming contribute to a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico larger than the BP oil spill.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A dead zone, also known as an hypoxic area of water, lacks a sufficient level of oxygen to sustain life.  In these hypoxic zones, fish and other sea life suffocate and die. While many might think they could simply flee the area, they are quickly rendered unconscious. Slow-moving, bottom-dwelling creatures are particularly unable to escape. Primary causes of dead zones are fertilizer, livestock farming, and the burning of fossil fuels. There are approximately how many dead zones worldwide?***After submitting your response, please click on +View Answer to see more information about the correct answer.
    • A. 

      100

    • B. 

      200

    • C. 

      300

    • D. 

      Over 400

  • 2. 
    The Gulf of Mexico has the 2nd largest dead zone in the world.***After submitting your response, please click on +View Answer to see more information about the correct answer.
    • A. 

      TRUE

    • B. 

      FALSE

  • 3. 
    The Gulf of Mexico's dead zone is now comparable in size to what U.S. state(s)?***After submitting your response, please click on +View Answer to see more information about the correct answer.
    • A. 

      Texas

    • B. 

      Arkansas and Missouri together

    • C. 

      Somewhere between the size of New Jersey & Massachusetts

    • D. 

      Not quite as large as Rhode Island

  • 4. 
    The primary cause of the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone is agricultural runoff, including waste, fertilizer, and other chemicals, that travel to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River.  Nitrogen and phosphorus are two of the biggest culprits in creating hypoxic water.  A study done at the University of Pittsburgh rated foods based on their carbon and dead-zone footprints.  Which 2 foods had the highest dead-zone footprints?***After submitting your response, please click on +View Answer to see more information about the correct answer.
    • A. 

      Poultry and cereal grains

    • B. 

      Beef & dairy products

    • C. 

      Poultry & beef

    • D. 

      Cereal grains & dairy

  • 5. 
    The Mississippi River basin drains approximately what percentage of U.S. land?***After submitting your response, please click on +View Answer to see more information about the correct answer.
    • A. 

      15%

    • B. 

      20-30%

    • C. 

      35%

    • D. 

      41%

  • 6. 
    The dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay on the U.S. East Coast typically covers approximately what percentage of the bay?
    • A. 

      2-7%

    • B. 

      15-20%

    • C. 

      30-35%

    • D. 

      Over 50%

  • 7. 
    Scientists report that the number of dead zones worldwide is increasing at this alarming rate:
    • A. 

      Doubling every 25 years

    • B. 

      Doubling every 5 years

    • C. 

      Doubling every 40 years

    • D. 

      Doubling every 10 years

  • 8. 
    Fertilizer for crops is a major contributor to hypoxic zones.  Raising animals for food is a primary contributor to fertilizer runoff as approximately what percentage of corn and soy are grown for livestock feed?***After submitting your response, please click on +View Answer to see more information about the correct answer.
    • A. 

      12%

    • B. 

      26%

    • C. 

      38%

    • D. 

      50% or more

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