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Toxic Algae Takes Over Florida Coastlines

Blue-Green Algae Blooms

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  • Toxic blue-green algae blooms, fed by runoff from manure, sewage and fertilizer, are taking over areas of Florida’s coastline
  • Known as cyanobacteria, the algae may be a type called microcystis, which are nerve toxins that may lead to nausea, vomiting, headaches, seizures and long-term liver disease if ingested in drinking water
  • Researchers found a significant correlation between dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP) loads and the number of acres planted with herbicide-tolerant genetically engineered (GE) crops (which are heavily sprayed with glyphosate)

By Dr. Mercola

In the middle of summer vacation — what should be the busiest tourist season for many parts of Florida — popular beaches are being shut down and people told to stay out of the water. It’s not a shark; it’s toxic green algae stretching for miles along Florida’s coastline.


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