Elizabeth Royte

Elizabeth Royte is the author of Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash and the forthcoming Bottlemania: How Water Went On Sale and Why We Bought It."

Sow What?: On food and farming

How the nation’s breadbasket is poisoning its own water supply

In late September, the corn and soybean fields of the lower Missouri River floodplain are a lovely dull brown, nearly ready for harvest. The row crops sprawl as far as the eye can see, their regimental march broken only by …