Frack Free Food
Are you a foodie, farmer, fisherman , forager, grower, chef, whole food shop, farmers market, community garden, wholesaler, restaurant, café, pub, supermarket, vineyard, brewer, butchers, bakers, grocer?
Will you help to keep LANCASHIRE FOOD FRACK FREE?
Lancashire has a fantastic local food movement with locally grown produce, farmers markets, organic farms, whole food shops, ethical supermarkets, we even have local food awards. The question is: Will chefs and consumers have faith in Lancashire food if fracking is allowed to take hold, industrialising our landscape and contaminating the land? As more of us are growing our own veg we understand just what is needed to produce healthy food. Pure water. Clean Air. Uncontaminated soil.
Our aim is to protect our local food economy from oil and gas industrialisation. Please Contact us with the name of your business, give us a quote as to why you oppose fracking in the UK, download one of our beautiful Frack Free Food posters to display on your premises, link websites with us! Together we will have a stronger voice.
Fracking has already been in process in the USA. We can learn from their experience of how this extreme technology affects food and farming. Please scroll down the page to read many articles on this.
How Fracking Affects Food
Healthy farming needs abundant supplies of clean water, clean air, and clean soil. It needs a critical mass of acreage that is not fragmented by drill pads, access roads, pipelines and compressor stations. Farms need to be free of the stigma that may be attributed to food sourced from areas where fracking could take place.
A few points to consider:
• Air-borne VOCs that are released in the drilling and transport process, and from thousands of diesel fueled truck trips per well, is converted to ground-level ozone when combined with sunlight. These emissions can cause health problems in humans and livestock. Ground level ozone has been shown to reduce crop yield by up to 30%, and endangers key feed crops such as clover, vital for pastured livestock.
• Methane and other chemicals that seep out in the process will wind up in air and surface water such as farm ponds, streams and rivers that provide irrigation for livestock and crops.
• Chemical residues in waste water can poison animals.
• Unlike agriculture’s water usage, water used for hydraulic fracturing is consumptive and permanently removed from the hydrological cycle. This is especially foolish and wasteful in areas of extreme drought where the availability of water is already shrinking.
• It is impossible for adequate food safety inspections to occur since oil and gas companies are not required to fully disclose the chemicals used in the toxic drilling cocktail. There is no set process for testing for contaminants or complete knowledge of what to test for.
• Interestingly, the ingredients of salt and water cannot receive organic certification.
• Fragmentation of farm land leads to inefficiencies in production and the reduction of vital infrastructure and services that support agriculture in a given area
• Sales of food and farm products from fracked areas will be adversely affected by the wholesale and retail buyers distrust of the health and safety of the product, forcing the end of businesses, the loss of food, and the end of a way of life.
• The combination of well pad construction and heavy traffic from hundreds of truck trips cause soil compaction, which can negatively impact normal root development and water infiltration and drainage.
• Shale gas development can result in increased competition for resources required by both the oil and gas industries and agricultural industry, such as water, labor, and transportation.
Resources and Links
- 5 Things About Fracking and Food
- A Dairy Farmer Shares Her Story About Fracking: “What Have We Done?”
- A Farmer Speaks Out: Fracking and Farming Don't Mix
- As California Moves to Regulate Fracking, Agriculture Concerns Arise
- Bamburger Study: IMPACTS OF GAS DRILLING ON HUMAN AND ANIMAL HEALTH
- Barry Estabrook: What will fracking do to your food supply?
- Brewer: Fracking may force us to leave
- California's Top Chefs Join Together to Fight Fracking
- Chef Peter Hoffman on Cooking with Gas
- Fracking our Farms: A Tale of Five Farming Families
- Fracking Shrinks PA Dairy Industry.
- Fracking With Food: How the Natural Gas Industry Poisons Cows and Crops
- Livestock Falling Ill in Fracking Regions
- National Farmers Union Wants Moratorium
- New York State Farm Producers Rank Near the Top in Many Crops
- Ozone Damages Crops
- Park Slope Food Coop Joins FNF
- Rodale: How fracking Affects Your Farmers Markets
- Shale Gas Drilling Divides PA Organic Community
- The Nation: Fracking Our Food Supply
Fracking poses risk to UK farm animals and food safety, experts warn
Fracking sparks food safety concern as expert warns of serious risk to livestock
California Chefs Join Together to Fight Fracking
Anglers highlight fears for fish species if fracking goes ahead
Why Fracking and Farming Don’t Mix
Can Fracking and Farming Mix in America’s Biggest Ag State?
California Agriculture Under Threat as Fracking Spreads West
When drought occurs, fracking and farming collide
A lot of farmers in my area are leasing their land for hydraulic fracturing — is it good or bad?
Special thanks goes out to the Sussex Frack Free Food Alliance! If you are looking for a Frack Free Food Alliance in your area you should contact their Facebook site at :-