Minnesota's role in nitrate pollution

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 11, 2013 - 6:23 PM

Agriculture has to shoulder responsibility for finding solutions.

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mmediaJul. 12, 13 6:26 AM

BIG AG: another American industry that has perfected, "externalize the costs; internalize the profits."

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freeloaderxxJul. 12, 1310:32 AM

As a state that hosts the HeadWaters of the Mississippi it makes me sad that the river is already polluted before it leaves Minnesota. I wonder how nasty that river water gets by the time it hits the Gulf of Mexico?

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frankworsleyJul. 12, 1310:56 AM

mmedia - exactly. As long as big ag continues to pull the strings on puppets like Collin Peterson, we're going to have problems. The more they produce, the bigger their checks are from uncle sam. Big corn/soyean/beet farmers get the majority of crop subsidies instead of no-till farmers trying to grow veggies for local markets. Big-money lobbyists and an immoral Congress. It's the same old story and is the root of the problem for everything. Get money out of politics and return the government to the PEOPLE.

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notillJul. 12, 13 3:44 PM

The biggest promoter of putting on Nitrogen months ahead of it being utilized by the crop is the fertilizer suppliers as this cuts their storage and application capacity needs in half compared to applying it all before planting or side-dress. The cure for all environmental problems coming from croplands is leaving crop residue on the surface to be converted to soil organic mater which sequesters most of the elements instead of burying them to be mineralized which allows them to leach or volatilize.

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ZombiehunterJul. 12, 13 4:34 PM

We should have had this conversation 35 years ago instead of 2013. Think how much farther along we would be if the issue had been tackled back then instead of wringing our hands for three decades. It's not like this is a new problem that was just discovered last week--we've known about the effects of nitrogen for a long time and what to do to mitigate it.

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rlwr51Jul. 12, 13 9:31 PM

"Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink."

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