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Published on Jan 9, 2013
Bad federal policy and intensifying storms are washing away the rich dark soils in the Midwest that made this country an agricultural powerhouse and that remain the essential foundation of a healthy and sustainable food system in the future. A 2013 report (http://www.ewg.org/research/spring-st...) released by EWG found more than 1.2 million acres of farmland in Iowa lost more precious topsoil in five days of heavy rain in the month of May than what is considered tolerable for an entire year, largely because of inadequate conservation practices.
EWG produced this short film with Atlas Films that provides stark images illustrating how federal farm subsidies and ethanol mandates, piled on top of skyrocketing crop prices are contributing to soil erosion and polluted runoff.