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Fracking our Food

    I knew that fracking was terrible for the environment. I felt that no child would be safe for 3 generations if raised in an area that had fracking. This article describes why:   In a Brooklyn winery on a sultry July evening, an elegant crowd sips rosé and nibbles trout plucked from the gin-clear streams of upstate New York. The diners are here, with their checkbooks, to support a group called Chefs for the Marcellus, which works to protect the foodshed upon which hundreds of regional farm-to-fork restaurants depend. The foodshed is coincident with the Marcellus Shale, a geologic formation that arcs northeast from West Virginia through Pennsylvania and into New York State. As everyone invited here knows, the region is both agriculturally and energy rich, with...

Pharmaceuticals in the Water Supply

  So you don’t do drugs. Well that may not be true. Did you know that it has been recently shown that the water supplies of at least 41 million people in the U.S. are contaminated with dozens of pharmaceuticals that have come from the pee-pee of people and animals that take drugs. It is apparent that water treatment can not remove all traces of medications. Granted the levels of these drugs may be low, but certain drugs like hormones are meant to operate at parts per billion. There is evidence that drugs can react with chlorine and other chemicals in the water, rendering them more toxic. Fish downstream from a Nebraska feedlot were found to have depressed levels of testosterone and smaller than normal heads (does...