Environmental Impact On Environmental And Economic Health Of The State Essay

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The past and current agricultural practices in Minnesota have led to the degradation of the topsoil and water in the state. This degradation leads to a negative impact on the environmental and economic health of the state. Both the agricultural and recreational economies are effected by the lack of progress in keeping soil, excess nutrients, and chemicals out of the streams, rivers, and lakes. Minnesota has come up with solutions to address the issue from new technics for the industrial farming (cover crops/crop rotation), conservation efforts (wetland restoration/protection), and innovative farming practices (urban farming). Each solution has its advantages and disadvantages that will help in deciding if the solution is an environmentally sustainable and economically feasible decision. Furthermore, opinions on the solutions happening in Minnesota addressing the decline of the soil and water quality in the state due to the agriculture industry can be concluded in the finish of this paper.
Solutions to Soil and Water Degradation caused by Industrial Agricultural Practices, Minnesota Issues According the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, in 2015 Minnesota’s agriculture economy was ranked fifth in the nation with $7.35 billion worth of agricultural exports (Ye, 2015). That is about 1/3 of all merchandise exports in Minnesota. However, the majority of farming done in Minnesota is modern industrial agriculture practices. An estimated 2.1 tons of topsoil per year is eroded each
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