What will Fracking do to our Food?

Here in Albert County, our Foods of the Fundy Valley group has been working hard over the past few years to expand the offering of locally grown food and produce. They have started a successful market, encouraged community share gardens and local meat producers, and taught programs in our schools. Their work has enhanced and built bridges between our communities and improved our lifestyle. They are revitalizing our county.

veggiebasket1On one hand, we have hardworking New Brunswickers putting their heart and soul into building our local economy through healthy, sustainable agriculture. On the other hand, our government is permitting oil and gas companies to poison our land, air and water for the promise of a quick buck. Our province has said it will allow ‘only’ 200-300 wells to be drilled each year, but our area has also been described as having 12x the amount of shale gas reserves as Pennsylvania, which is mentioned in the article below.

Read what the Food & Environmental Reporting Network has to say about Fracking and Food: First In-Depth Report on Potential Impact of Fracking on Food

In the midst of the domestic energy boom, livestock on farms near oil-and-gas drilling operations nationwide have been quietly falling sick and dying, according to the latest report by Food & Environment Reporting Network. Elizabeth Royte wrote the cover story, “What the Frack Is in our Food?” for the December 17, 2012, issue of The Nation magazine.