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The No. 1 Source of Pollution Might Surprise You

Farming and Fertilizer

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  • The World Health Organization reports that global air pollution is worsening and linked to almost 3 million deaths annually
  • Air pollution created on industrial farms from the application of nitrogen-based fertilizer contributes heavily to both illness and a reduction in soil carbon
  • The combination of pollution and the loss of carbon in the soil, one result of using nitrogen-based fertilizers, is affecting estimated food supply in the next decade

By Dr. Mercola

Air pollution is a significant health risk linked to the deaths of 3 million people annually. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), of the cities that monitor air pollution, 80 percent have air quality that surpasses the minimum standards set by WHO.


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