Water, Wildlife, & Climate

Pre-harvest sugarfield burning contributes to the following:

• Pollution of nearby waterways through the process of atmospheric deposition
• Acid rain
• Increased soil oxidation and erosion that contributes to increased nutrient pollution run off into surrounding waterways
• Increased soil subsidence
• Increased greenhouse gas emissions
• Wildlife caught in flames
• Depletion of soil nutrients and microbial life requiring the use of more chemical fertilizers

Go to Resources for links to research on environmental impacts.