Are you aware of the process of removing natural gas from the Marcellus Shale and other shale beds here in the U.S. called Hydraulic Fracturing, or colloquially Fracking?
I'm going to try to stay as a-political as possible here. I don't want to get banned or deleted.
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The reason I think this is very important and topical is that the drilling is done very close to farmland, some of which is certified organic. The same produce that ends up on the shelves of your Whole Foods or my Commodities Natural Market, here in my neighborhood, could come from the same farms that have Frack wells on them. Judging by the first link, I don't think that is a good thing. I recently cooked a couple chicken thighs for me and my girlfriend, and they were from PA, where alot of fracking happens. It made me wonder about whether or not the food we all think is so safe and clean is actually so safe and clean.
So, are you aware of fracking? Do you think it's worrisome? Has fracking impacted your farm, or your neighbors' farms? Do you know someone that signed a gas well lease on their land? What happened? Do you think that it's safe to eat food that comes from farms where fracking has "impacted" the ground water?
EDIT: I'm sure most of you know that Josh Fox was arrested on Capitol Hill last week for trying to document a public hearing on the EPA findings that a link was found and confirmed to contaminated water due to fracking. Now there can be no argument that this process does indeed negatively impact the environment, thereby affecting water quality for any farmland nearby, and consequently tainting the food that comes from that land. Fracking is slated to begin, or is being considered in New York State, New Jersey, Ohio (where earthquakes occurred after the onset of the practice), in the Delaware Water Basin, and many other parts of the country crisscrossed by farmland. I urge you to investigate this subject further, as it will affect our food directly, and matter how "organic" a farm may be, it doesn't matter how it's labeled when the groundwater is laced with deadly carcinogens that kill the animals and are passed on to the consumer.