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Dig It, Don’t Drill It! Keep our Food Unfracked.

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.

Bamberger/Oswald To Do New Study

B-O book jacketIn 2012, veterinarian Michele Bamberger and Cornell University professor of molecular medicine, Robert Oswald, published a study of the impacts of shale gas drilling on human and animal health. Their just-released book, The Real Costs of Fracking, expands on their case studies observing companion animals and livestock living near drill sites.

Now, the duo is set to begin a study of the effect of fracking on the food supply. To date, no study looking at whether chemicals from fracking operations is getting into the food supply has been done. Says Seth B.C. Shonkoff, executive director of Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy, “That is a major concern to me as an environmental and public health scientist. It’s a big, big question, and huge data gap.”

More about the soon-to-launch study here. 

Food Not Fracking featured by Park Slope Food Coop

“Brooklyn might justifiably be called the epicenter of the burgeoning food move- ment, and the Park Slope Food Coop (PSFC) has been an early adopter and eager proponent of a trend that is bursting into national prominence.” The Coop was also way out front with a resolution not to purchase food from fracked areas. Now they have joined the FNF Alliance, and published an article about the issue. Read the whole story here.