7/26/12 Volume XLV, No. 30
Barnegat Bay needs a diet!
No, it’s not obese, but it’s fed far too many nutrients. These nutrients, mostly nitrogen and phosphorus, come from fertilizers used on thousands of lawns within the bay’s watershed. Just as too much fat and salt make a human body unhealthy, excessive nutrients are ruining the health of one of New Jersey’s most popular waterways.
Barnegat Bay is a beloved part of the Jersey Shore, a little slice of paradise for generations of . . .
7/20/12 Volume XLV, No. 29
It’s easy to understand the frustrations expressed by a friend who was pondering our planet’s environmental challenges.
“I have to admit, many times I feel exasperated and powerless with the problems facing us and our environment,” said Gail Kopp. “Climate change, monoculture, wildlife diversity loss, fish population collapse, Franken-food, obesity, water pollution, and food animal cruelty. They all seem so large.”
But instead of throwing . . .
7/13/12 Volume XLV, No. 28
Do you know who grows your food?
Chances are, it’s a farmer nearing retirement. A U.S. Department of Agriculture study shows that the average age of the American farmer is 55 … and climbing.
At the same time, young farmers under 25 are declining. That should not be a surprise in this state we’re in, where land costs are high and few 20-somethings can scrape together the funds for land and equipment.
It doesn’t take a math whiz to foresee . . .
7/3/12 Volume XLV, No. 27
If you take out a map and trace your finger between New York and Philadelphia, you’ll find some of the nation’s most densely developed suburbs. But midway between the two cities, you’ll come across an expansive green swath called the Sourlands.
The Sourland Mountains make up a 17-mile ridge extending from the Delaware River near Lambertville to Neshanic in Somerset County, and form Central Jersey’s largest unbroken forest. The ridge is the backbone of the . . .