the death of at least 21 threatened sea otters in Monterey area of
California, USA, a study led by the California state government found
that each tested positive for microcystin, a toxic substance that found
in certain blue-green algae.
This is the first time that
freshwater microcystin was linked to the death of marine mammals.
Microcystin is naturally present in algae found on the surface of
freshwater bodies such as the nearby Klamath River, whose waters pour
into the sea.
However, increased temperature along with the
presence of substances such as nitrogen and phosphorus from livestock
and agricultural runoff causes exponential growth to occur, and the
algae forms dense mats known as “algal blooms.”
continually rising temperatures associated with global warming,
scientists have noted that the algae has been growing more and more
aggressively, with the microcystin toxin is being increasingly viewed as
a global health concern.
Animals and humans have already been
known to perish from ingesting microcystin-containing algae. With sea
otter populations on the decline,along with countless other marine
animals found perished in recent years, the scientists plan more studies
to determine the role of the toxic algae in their diminishing numbers.
scientists, we are grateful for your efforts to shed light on this
dangerous and growing threat to our marine co-inhabitants. May we act
now to curb global warming and agricultural runoff to restore the
waterways that are vital for all life.
Addressing these dangerous
algal blooms during an October 2009 videoconference in Germany, Supreme
Master Ching Hai warned of the major role that the livestock industry
plays in setting off such unnatural occurrences while highlighting the
most effective solution.
Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Along with the waste are chemical fertilizers runoff used on crops fed
to animals which have been documented by scientists to cause dead zones
in the ocean as well as toxic algae outbreak, those green moss that grow
in the water. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/10/BAVL1FBTB2.DTL http://www.physorg.com/news203595019.html
One such event just occurred in Brittany, France,
where a majority of the country’s livestock and a third of the dairy
farms are located. On the Brittany coast, this waste and chemical runoff
coming into the sea causes outbreaks of toxic algae, which emit the
lethal, deadly gas hydrogen sulfide.
So, recently in news we
heard of a horse that died within half a minute of stepping into the
algae and now the health concerns of over 300 people are being
investigated for the same reason around that area.
though our predicament is very grave, we do still have time if we act
now. And the solution is still very simple. It’s the vegan diet – no