For 50 years, one company’s industrial-scale potato growing operations in Minnesota’s vulnerable Pinelands Sands region has poisoned local communities’ streams and wells water with nitrates, sprayed known carcinogens from helicopters and cleared nearly 70,000 of acres of forests while depleting rivers for irrigation.
It’s far past time for RD Offutt Farms, a sprawling, highly profitable agribusiness, to face responsibility for decades of environmental harm. To date RDO has evaded any meaningful review of its destructive practices by using small, struggling farmers as shields in an ongoing shell game with state regulators.
A coalition of local community members, activists, scientists, legal experts, tribal representatives and environmental groups have banded together to ensure Offutt’s relentless intensification in the Pineland Sands does not continue without thorough environmental review and transparency about its significant ecological and human health impacts.
Read more about the coalition’s efforts here.