Anderson: SE Minnesota farmer thirsts for safe water

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 30, 2013 - 7:24 AM

A push for clean water drives decision-making for a farmer/geologist in southeast Minnesota.

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sparcebagSep. 29, 13 8:20 AM

The do nothing crowd! A retired DNR superviser Bruce Gilbertson, from the Spicer office, once told me while we were talking about lakes getting classified as impared.He said we know its farm runoff BUT we are told to keep quite!! Unlike the EPA guy in your story,Bruce kept his mouth shut!! Kept his job and retired on tax payers monies!!All in the name FARMS!Their lobby and $$$$$. Start to speak up people!! we as a crowd can get action!! If we let the state and authorities handel it How long before it will be to late! SPEAK UP!! CALL YOUR representives DEMAND!!

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forknaSep. 29, 13 9:58 AM

It is a mistake to over apply fertilizer, but if you can make more money by doing it with no ramifications, you can expect that industrial farmer to keep making the same mistake again and again. The sad part is they are polluting their own water wells. It's well known that nitrates cause cancer, and "Race for the cure" is a great thing, but we better start thinking in terms of "Race for the cause" before it is too late for all of us. The rise in cancer rates the past 40 years surely correlates with industrial farming and all of the nasty stuff that comes with it.

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t_stevensSep. 29, 13 6:59 PM

Sustainable, ecology-driven farming methods were abandoned long ago in lieu of ugly "modern" farming methods, which have destroyed the land by stripping it of valuable minerals, and by poisoning the water table and our lakes and wetlands with chemical fertilizer. There ought to be laws forbidding MOST of the practices modern farmers utilize, but unfortunately our politicians and farmers let the almighty dollar dictate their decisions. Farmers have brought a curse upon the land and themselves by utilizing very selfish practices. Period. I grew up in rural Minnesota and once- upon-a-time had great admiration for our state's farmers. No more. They are as crooked as the our politicians.

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mritoyouSep. 29, 1310:10 PM

These comment are simply not true. Your backyards get fertilized and have runoff worse than any farm.Everyone is to blame not just farmers,check out your local golf course I'll bet there's algae in the water...that's from the golf course over fertilizing & running off... check out your local sewer ponds they all dump right in a river or creek...where do you think all the salt goes from roads in the winter... that's right in the water. Quite pointing your fingers at the farmer & look in the mirror.

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pufpufSep. 30, 13 8:37 AM

These costs of cleaning up the pollution should be included into the products sold. If there are increasing nitrates in the water, which come from fertilizers, then a cost should be associated to these fertilizer products... perhaps then the industry will care about over selling these fertilizers in their monopoly?

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lakeelmo99Oct. 1, 13 1:20 PM

According to the MN Corn Growers Association 65% all corn grown is used to feed livestock. So if you're a meat eater you're to blame for the demand. My wife and I eat one to two meat free meals per week and don't even miss it. And it's better for you too. If you want to change things for the better you have to do your part!

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imkirokOct. 3, 13 9:39 AM

I'm glad to hear that there are conservation minded farmers like Mr. Broberg out there. I do think you should have mentioned, however, that he sits on the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), a group that makes recommendations to the Legislature on how to spend tens of millions of dollars on environmental programs.

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