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"As a state, we think we value water quality, yet we're doing practically nothing," says Dan Engstrom, director of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station of the Science Museum of Minnesota. "We grow our crops, we get cheap food, and in exchange, we degrade our water."We are fouling the Mississippi and losing our topsoil at an alarming rate," says Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. "We need a new approach."
The result is an intolerable situation -- farmers contributing to one of the continent's gravest environmental hazards, and taxpayers subsidizing the practice.