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:
- Change the Landscape: To transition to more native perennials, less row crops and fertilizers and pesticides
- 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.
- Change the Laws: To better protect our water and significantly reduce nutrient pollution in our water.