America's farmland is worth protecting. Farmers can do more than producing food and fiber. They can also produce clean air, clean water, and abundant habitat for wildlife.
Many farmers are producing food in ways that protect family farms and the environment. But, farm policies are doing too little to reward good stewardship and too much to underwrite unsustainable crop and animal production by the largest and most successful farm businesses.
To protect America’s families, farms and natural heritage, Congress must enact a farm bill that fully funds conservation programs, that links farm subsidies to environmental protection, and that supports transition to farming practices that reduce the need for antibiotics, toxic pesticides and hormones. Conservation programs must be reformed to produce longer-term protection of air, water and soil and to encourage farmers to work together to deliver these public goods.
The budget-busting farm bill approved Wednesday night (May 15) by the House Agriculture Committee and its leaders –Reps. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) – is nothing but bad news for the environment. Here’s why:Read More
Two out of every five farmers who seek assistance in reducing water pollution from their fields or the amount of pesticides and antibiotics they use are being turned away because USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service lacks sufficient funding.Read More
Americans have never been more interested in their food and how it’s grown. And the disturbing reality is that the way most of our food is grown today hurts families, threatens future generations of farmers and squanders our natural heritage.Read More
Since it was first authorized in the 1996 farm bill, USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program has grown into the single most important federal program that helps farmers and ranchers protect farmland and the environment as they grow America’s food.Read More
Dick and Linda Grotberg began their transition to sustainable farming largely by accident.Read More
We think America's families, farmers and food are worth protecting. That's why EWG is proud to support the Balancing Food, Farm and Environment Act introduced today (May 9) in the House and Senate.Read More
Six former chiefs of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service today (May 7) urged the leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to once again require farmers to adopt basic conservation practices in exchange for crop insurance subsidies.Read More
America’s Midwest and Great Plains are often derisively described as fly-over country. And now unblinking, data-collecting satellites soaring over the western Corn Belt have recorded a devastating manmade environmental disaster.Read More
We’ve all heard of pink slime. Now, there’s green slime too. Unregulated pollution from farm fields is triggering slimy green blooms of algae around the globe, according to National Geographic. Its story documents how fertilizers that wash off farm fields feed massive growth of algae, setting off chemical chain reactions that create low-oxygen “dead zones” where fish and other aquatic life cannot survive.Read More
Ken Burns, America’s premiere documentarian, has tackled topics from jazz to the Civil War. His new film chronicles the Dust Bowl, the massive ecological disaster that plagued a large swath of U. S. farmland during the 1930’sRead More