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Algae Bloom Caused by Chemical Fertilizers To Blame for Contaminated Drinking Waters in Ohio

By Fredrica Syren:

There is nothing like toxic drinking water to make us realize how much we depend on fresh water for basically everything. In Ohio last week, 500,000 people were brought to their knees when their drinking water went toxic and a water ban sent them scrambling to find bottled water. Residents were told not only not to drink the water, but also not to use it for brushing teeth, bathing or washing dishes. Hospitals even cancelled surgeries due to the contaminated water. Days passed before the mayor of Toledo finally lifted the drinking water ban.

The reason for the ban? Microcystis algae, a blue-green algae, was found in the water. The algae, known to cause nausea and liver Algea bloom caused water restriciondamage, had a huge bloom patch on the western edge of Lake Erie, unfortunately right where Toledo gets its drinking water.

This toxic algae, caused by phosphorus found in fertilizers and other pollutants, is a worldwide problem. It is the consequence of today’s agriculture and the fossil fuels that are leaking into rivers and lakes. As a result, there is a worldwide rise in Microcystis algea blooms. The amount of phosphorus going into Ohio’s lakes has risen every year since the mid-1990s. Environmental groups and water researchers are criticizing Ohio and other states in the Great Lakes region for not effectively tackling the algae problem caused by phosphorus running into the lakes. Rather than impose a restriction, the government has asked farmers to reduce their use of phosphorus, and also have enacted a law requiring most farmers to undergo training before they use commercial fertilizers on their fields. This is what has been done when mandating restrictions on the farmers is clearly what’s needed.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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