National organization of farmers and local farming communities act against hydrofracking, citing risk to food and agriculture.

Citing threats to food safety and agriculture from gas drilling, national farming organizations, and local farming communities took actions this week against hydrofracking.

From the Canadian National Farmers Union, “Hydraulic fracturing a danger to water, food, farmland: NFU calls for moratorium.” The National Farmers Union is first large, national agricultural organization to make a clear statement that fracking for gas represents a threat to food safety, agriculture, and farmer health. The NFU represents thousands of family farms across Canada.

The National Farms Union’s press release is worth reading in full. Here are some excerpts:

“We are in the heart of Alberta’s oil and gas country where our ability to produce good, wholesome food is at risk of being compromised by the widespread, virtually unregulated use of this dangerous process.”

“Farmers across Canada largely depend on ground water aquifers for both domestic use and livestock production. The quality of ground water is critical to raising high quality food. Unfortunately in the experience of too many Alberta farmers and ranchers hydraulic fracturing has been associated with water well contamination and damage. That is why our organization is calling for a moratorium on this technique until these problems can be addressed.”

Meanwhile, in rural upstate NY, farming towns are banning hydrofracking with local laws. Last week, before passing a ban in the Town of Jerusalem in the Finger Lakes region the town supervisor Daryl Jones made a statement including

“Most important to me was the research and analysis that presented facts that fracking as it is currently done is not safe. It is not safe for the waters we drink. It is not safe for the crops we grow and the produce we eat. It is not safe for the livestock we raise. And it is not safe for the waters of Keuka Lake in which our children and grandchildren swim, fish and play.”

Jerusalem and surrounding towns have strong agricultural economies, including dairies, grain producers, and some of the largest organic farms in the northeast.  Several of these towns are poised to ban gas drilling.

Also last week, Dryden, another agricultural town on nearby Lake Cayuga, won a court case that challenged its ban on gas drilling, supporting the power of NY towns to ban fracking.

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4 Responses to National organization of farmers and local farming communities act against hydrofracking, citing risk to food and agriculture.

  1. Ronald Bayzon says:

    Finally a Agricultural Organization that is willing to stand up for real farmers . They must not be joined at the hip to the corporate world like the Farm Bureau.

  2. Gudrun Scott says:

    I just loved the story of what happened in Maine– they had only inches of top soil in 1968 when the move to go organic began. They worked on it and now they have a foot of topsoil and they grow vegetable year around with the movable hoop unheated greenhouse — all this is only possible because there is not the threat of water pollution from fracking– Organic gardening combined well with the new concept of eating local food and they are making a decent profit now. Why can we not have the opportunity to farm without this threat of fracking? Here is the whole story and it gets better towards the end – enjoy:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/garden/living-off-the-land-in-maine-even-in-winter.html?pagewanted=all

  3. Gudrun Scott says:

    to add another aspect to the previous post– they created real jobs while they were at it and when governments try to create a job– it requires over $100,000 to create a single job. This way it happened along with healthy living, food and enjoyement– what is not to like about that!! Lets give common sense a chance!– This is again about the way things progressed well in Maine:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/garden/living-off-the-land-in-maine-even-in-winter.html?pagewanted=all

  4. Earl Callahan says:

    Ah, but if I close my eyes while I wish, then my rural county will understand what it has to do against fracking and the whole industrialization gambit. Unfortunately, the board of stuporvisors has hired a gas advisory consultant to see shill for the industry and we have the Farm Bureau representative on the same advisory council along with a representative from Cornell. And we call ourselves a farming county.

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