Nitrogen pollution from farming lingers for decades

Grist: When a farmworker sprays fertilizer over a field, there`s a good chance he or she will be outlived by nitrogen pollution from that fertilizer. A 30-year study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that nitrogen could linger in soil for nearly a century after fertilizer is applied. Nitrogen from fertilizer helps crops grow, but it can be poisonous for humans and animals. When nitrates leach from farmed soil into groundwater, they can make it undrinkable.......

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