The Future of our Impact on Land and Water

Our current agricultural practices are not sustainable or practical for developing sustainability, particularly when it comes to water use. Bill Berry, a conservationist and water resources expert contributes this article to the Capital Times in Wisconsin to discuss the unrealistic expectation that we'll be able to continue using our land and water at our current rate without repercussions. Large dairies stretch resources and create large amounts of phosphorus pollution, much of which spills into lakes and wells. High corn and soybean prices have driven up their planting in recent years, further depleting levels of water and oxygen in the soil. Government regulations needed to push through conservationist practices into law are slow in forthcoming due to political reasons. As Berry states, "... to promote more growth without considering the impacts is irresponsible and reckless".

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