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Environmental leaders to Congress: Don’t stop funding conservation on farms (my take) @grist

Environmental leaders to Congress: Don’t stop funding conservation on farms (my take) @grist

Photo: eutrophication&hypoxia The message is loud and clear: The environmental community wants to get out ahead of the 2012 Farm Bill debate. Yesterday, a group of 56 leadership organizations representing over a million members across the nation sent Congress a very public memo . The groups ranged from the Environmental Working Group to the World Wildlife Fund, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Their message: Industrial farming has no place in this country without parallel measures aimed at stopping soil erosion, lessening pesticide use, and cleaning up the air and soil on and around farms. The statement reads: The progress farmers have made is real, but pressing problems remain unaddressed; we will lose the ground we have gained if Congress fails to ensure that conservation intensifies in lock-step with production. The bulk of the deli...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-09-29-conservation-leaders...

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