According to Phys.org, nitrogen pollution is getting so bad, carnivorous plants in Swedish bogs no longer need to catch as many insects for nutrients. Although this might sound like a good thing for the plants, it may not be so great for the ecosystem.
We learn in our high school…
As a fellow carnivore, I’m empathizing with the Venus flytraps on this one. Making the leap from carnitas and calamari to strict vegetarianism would probably kill me out of sheer system shock, so I imagine ditching one’s buggy brunch is the equivalent. Being forced for environmental reasons—even worse.
Nitrogen is good for plants in moderation, but as any gardener will tell you, overdoing it can be disastrous. Nothing like a fruitless, overgrown tomato plant to clue you in to that reality. Here’s hoping nitrogen pollution is tackled before the pitcher plants go full soy latte on us. —MN