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Three Steps for Clean Water

Friday, April 13, 2012

Environmental Working Group’s new report Troubled Waters has laid out three ways the 2012 federal farm bill can protect drinking water from farm chemicals run-off.  Congress should:

  • End direct payments, reduce farm insurance subsidies and block any new entitlement programs that encourage all-out production and hurt the environment.
  • Renew the conservation compact that requires farmers receiving taxpayer-funded support to carry out basic conservation practices.
  • Provide adequate funding for conservation programs in order to reward farmers who take steps to protect water.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies commended the report for shining a spotlight on critical public health issues raised by agricultural sources of nutrient pollution.

EWG’s Don Carr explains the health risks of tainted water in the Huffington Post:

“Infants who drink water with high nitrate levels can develop a life-threatening blood disorder called blue baby syndrome, and in adults nitrate increases the risk of thyroid cancer and other illnesses. The toxins produced by blooms of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) can be deadly to pets, livestock, wildlife -- and people.”

Table Scraps:

EWG’s Craig Cox provides more reaction to the recent Government Accountability Office report on crop insurance in this Des Moines Register article.

Fox Business shares five tips on how shoppers can save when buying organic food. One suggestion: Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide To Pesticides in Produce.

Grist published an interview with Dan Imhoff, the author of Food Fight, about the farm bill and how it resembles the Olympic Games.

Tweet of the Day:


@SenateAg @HouseAgNews, #FoodGames are costing lives. Reforming US food aid in the #FarmBill would save 17 million!

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