Environmental Special Topics:

Collaborative Environmental Activism & Leadership


 EVR 4930

Session 13

Phosphate in Florida

Homegrown Ecopragmatics

Chapters 9 &10


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Answer all of the following study questions and email the attached questions and answers in Word of pdf format to the instructor by Canvas email no later than 5 pm on Sunday the last day of Session 13. In the beginning of your emial message identify the class session for the homework being submitted.

Study Questions:

1. Describe the phophorus cycle.

2. Explain what soil horizons are and why they are critical in phosphate mine reclamation.

3. What legitimate and useful role could environmental radicals play in this case study? Why do you think they are largely absent from this case study?

4. Who are the "responsibles" in this case study?

5. Does Mosaic appear to have an environmental conscience? Explain.

6. What seems to motivate Florida lawmakers to have adopted a rather tepid standard for land reclamation?

7. What is the importance of local opposition in DeSoto County Florida for this case.

8. What role does international demand for phosphate have on mining in Florida and is the increased agricultural productivity worldwide made possible by phosphate fertilizers justifiable given the environmental costs? Explain please.

9. What factors make it hard to sustain local environmental advocacy groups?

10. Describe why it is difficult to identify ecopragmatic priniciples in this particular case study.