Cleaning Up Minnesota’s Corporate Agriculture

Agriculture has played an important role in Minnesota’s history and will undoubtedly be a critical part of Minnesota’s future – Minnesota is perennially in the top five states for food production in the country. Unfortunately, there are environmental problems associated with Minnesota’s role in providing food and fiber for the world.

The long term goal of Clean Water Action Minnesota’s Cleaning Up Corporate Agriculture Campaign is to create the political will and public demand to embrace and enact policy, market, and industry solutions that will significantly reduce industrial agriculture water pollution and help ensure clean lakes, rivers, and safe and affordable drinking water sources across the state.

Clean Water Action Minnesota will work for three major changes to the status quo:

  1. Change the Landscape: To transition to more native perennials, less row crops and fertilizers and pesticides
  2. Change the Market: To incentivize and create markets like the Forever Green Program and Working Lands Drinking Water Protection Program and clean up supply chains for meat in our stores.
  3. Change the Laws: To better protect our water and significantly reduce nutrient pollution in our water.

Read more about Clean Water Action Minnesota’s work to Clean Up Corporate Agriculture below.

Green pennycress, one potential cover crop photo: flickr.com/50697352@N00 CC BY-SA 2.0

Greening the Farm Landscape

Cover crops are an essential tool in protecting water quality while simultaneously offering a host of benefits to farmers.

Wildflowers. photo: flickr.com/activesteve CC BY-ND 2.0

Changing the Landscape

Federal law has mandated American refineries to mix increasing amounts of corn-based ethanol into gasoline since 2007. However, the environmental impacts of the “corn boom” may be outweighing the benefits of the biofuel.

pesticide being applied to fields. photo: shutterstock, Stockr

Minnesota’s Buffer Bill: We Need More “Roots on the Ground”

One of the greatest threats to the quality and health of Minnesota’s rivers, lakes, and streams comes in the form of excess chemicals, fertilizers, and sediment from irresponsible agricultural practices.

Minnesota Capitol / photo: flickr.com/ktylerconk (CC BY 2.0)

Stop these bad bills in Minnesota today!

While the Minnesota Legislature is taking a few steps in the right direction on health and environmental issues, it’s not all good news.

From We All Live Downstream

Farm Field
November 27, 2018

The 2019 Minnesota State Legislative Session starts January 8th.  In the weeks leading up to the start of session we are going send you a brief weekly preview of the issues we want to address and the solutions we will be pushing at the Capitol. This week’s focus is on excessive runoff from corporate, industrial agricultural farm fields in Minnesota.

Minnesota Capitol Rotunda Inside Dome-evilfoo
November 12, 2018

Voters went to the polls in record numbers in the 2018 mid-term elections. According to a preliminary estimate from the Secretary of State's office, nearly 2.6 million Minnesotans voted in-person on Tuesday or by absentee ballot, giving the state its highest voter turnout for a non-presidential election since 2002. People were eager to make their voices heard – and they did.

Minnesota State Capitol-Drew Geraets
April 24, 2018

We are halfway through the Minnesota 2018 legislative session and it’s been made clear that some of our lawmakers are not willing to put our environment and public health first. They are placing policies that ignore science and weaken protections for our land, air, and water before people.