14 Apr '11, 12am

Big Ag is pissing away our nation’s rich topsoil

Big Ag is pissing away our nation’s rich topsoil

Midwest farmland is more scarred and eroded then previous reports suggested. Photo: Environmental Working Group Bad federal policy and intensifying storms are washing away the rich dark soils in the Midwest that made this country an agricultural powerhouse and that remain the essential foundation of a healthy and sustainable food system in the future. That's the alarming finding of a new Environmental Working Group report that highlights innovative research by scientists at Iowa State University (ISU). The report is titled "Losing Ground," and it shows in stark terms what industrial-scale crop production is doing to our soil and water in the Corn Belt. In researching "Losing Ground," the Environmental Working Group (EWG) filmed Iowa farmland from the air to show graphically how recent rainstorms washed away tons of soil. Working with Atlas Films, EWG produced a short video...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-04-13-bi...

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