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Professor: skip the bacon and help save the Chesapeake Bay

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An environmental sciences professor says eating less meat can help the Chesapeake Bay.

James Galloway of the University of Virginia tells the Daily Press (http://bit.ly/2cbutYZ) that farm animal waste is a big part of the nitrogen runoff that depletes oxygen in the bay.

Galloway says eating one-third less meat from cows, pigs and chickens in the watershed could make the difference. He says Americans typically consume 30 percent more protein than they need.

Nitrogen helps fuel the harmful algal blooms and dead zones that kill marine plants and animals in the bay. States such as Virginia have been working for to reduce nitrogen runoff, and are making collective progress toward that goal.

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Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com/

 

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