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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, December 08, 2022

In a discovery that has repercussions for everything from domestic agricultural policy to global food security and the plans to mitigate climate change, researchers at the University of Massachusetts recently announced that the rate of soil erosion in the Midwestern US is 10 to 1,000 times greater than pre-agricultural erosion rates. These newly discovered pre-agricultural rates, which reflect the rate at which soils form, are orders of magnitude lower than the upper allowable limit of erosion set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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We've reduced soil loss to runoff quite a bit, but yeah it is still a problem.

Agriculture in the Midwest is in a sad state, imo.

They're putting huge amounts of nitrogen into the Gulf of Mexico and are a huge contributor to the so called "dead zones". Their watersheds are polluted with nitrogen and phosphate They get away with it, for now. But their cities are having to invest millions into Nitrogen removal systems so people can drink the water.

Its ALL soybeans, or corn; mostly GMO. No diversity at all, which worries me about disease and pest outbreaks. On top of drought stress, it could go bad quickly.

Most of what they grow goes to feed the (land) animals we like to eat. Cows, pigs, chickens, mostly. Some of it goes to fuel, and that is increasing.

So, any ag loss in the Midwest, even huge loss, doesn't mean more than money, a more expensive steak, higher fuel.

Not like huge wheat losses that cause people to go hungry. Good old drought resistant wheat. But wheat don't grow in the Midwest.

#1 | Posted by horstngraben at 2022-12-08 05:32 PM | Reply

Wow, let's not blame big Ag and their scorched earth policy of quarterly profits at the expense of future generations or anything.

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-12-08 08:34 PM | Reply

I'd like to hear what other studies find.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2022-12-09 01:53 PM | Reply

Big Ag has become nothing more than a bunch of welfare queens.

#4 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2022-12-09 02:24 PM | Reply

Big Ag has become nothing more than a bunch of welfare queens.

#4 | Posted by lfthndthrds

Arent you glad republican justices declared that corporations are people and bribing politicians is free speech?

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-12-09 02:31 PM | Reply

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