Fracking will damage New York’s foodshed.
New York City is part of a burgeoning food movement, with locally grown produce, artisanal cheeses, yogurt, handcrafted beers, grass-fed beef, and more, drawing major interest from chefs and consumers alike. In recent years, the number of farmers markets in NY State tripled; sales of organic food grew 26-fold.
Already, shale gas threatens to industrialize rural New York.
Even without fracking, the economic and health benefits of local food are at risk from the current expansion of shale gas infrastructure such as pipelines, storage caverns, and compressor stations that could forever change our landscape.
At least 40 infrastructure projects are currently planned for New York State.
A new mapping project reveals the agricultural areas statewide that are already under attack, despite a fracking moratorium. Some examples:
• The Black Dirt Region is a unique, incredibly fertile area, now exposed to pollution from the Minisink compressor station.
• The Constitution pipeline could cut across pristine farmland, bisecting New York from west to east with compressor stations at least every 40 miles.
• Residents and vintners are fighting off massive LPG storage caverns and drilling support facilities in the Finger Lakes region.
• Farms in Oneida county are at risk when tribal lands are switched to Federal jurisdiction, opening them up to fracking.
Protect your food, protect our farms and farmers. Get involved now.