According to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization, agriculture is the biggest water pollutant due to the excess of nutrients. It is primarily nitrogen and phosphorus that are introduced to bodies of water, which result in rivers, lakes and eventually oceans becoming polluted.
These nutrients spark an excessive growth of algae, which is known as eutrophication
With a growing population and food demand, the situation is only expected to get worse. Can you imagine what our rivers and our oceans will look like if we don’t do something now?
The nutrients come mainly from two sources:
According to the International Nitrogen System:
“We must halve the amount of nitrogen we dump into the environment by mid-century
or our ecosystems will face epidemics of toxic tides, lifeless rivers, and dead oceans"