Is local food production compatible with natural gas drilling?
According to the Coalition to Protect New York (CPNY) Summit Outreach Working Group, the answer is a resounding "no." The group created the following brochure to describe the problems natural gas hydrofracking presents to food production (click on the images to see the pages):
Martha Goodsell, owner of Fallow Hollow Deer Farm, said that she raised concerns about local food and natural gas drilling at a meeting last fall. "An agricultural educator (a doubting Thomas about the dangers of fracking) said 'show me the science. After a 24 page collection of scientific studies, articles, and websites, I decided that the information had to go public." The result was the brochure, which a number of individuals helped edit, add, clarify and refine.
The Outreach Working Group highlights numerous problems gas drilling presents for agriculture, including:
*soil erosion and compaction
*ozone impacts and decreasing yields
*vulnerability to invasive species
*falling reproductive rates
*threats to organic agriculture
*accumulation of toxics in the foodchain
*in adequate food safety inspections
Sources for the information provided in the brochure can be found at: