The concept of fracking, drilling miles into the earth’s surface and breaking it open with water that contains chemicals, has never been impressive as a means to find pockets of fuel. If it occurs to the average person that fracking is another tool that is destroying the earth and everything on it, shouldn’t it have occurred to those who invented it?
Fracking is mainly done in areas where there are large farms and ranches. It just happens to be where huge underground resources of fossil fuels are located. Using the power of water, with added chemicals, the earth is fractured or fracked, releasing the natural sources of fuel. This may solve one problem, but how many problems does it cause?
Livestock are dying in areas where fracking is taking place. Many animals that are sick are making their way into the food chain. What chemicals are being released into the air and into our water supply? What are the long-term consequences of consuming food animals that have been poisoned through the fracking process? According to an article by the Food & Environmental Reporting Network, it requires up to “… 7 million gallons of water, plus an additional 400,000 gallons of additives…”to drill and frack one well.
The additives consist of a cocktail that would have paint huffers and meth addicts singing and performing a happy dance. This cocktail of chemicals is showing up in the dairy milk we feed our families, in breast milk new mothers feed their infants and in plants and food animals that grace the dinner tables across America. And we wonder why the numbers of autism, ADD, ADHD and other learning problems have sky-rocketed in recent years.
The federal government is doing nothing to insure the safety of our foods. They aren’t even planning any studies. What should people do to be reasonably sure they are eating wholesome, healthy foods?
- Grow your own organic vegetables.
- Ask your grocer/butcher where the meat comes from.
- Buy locally farmed and ranched foods.
- Buy dairy from local farmers when possible.
- Learn where fracking is being practiced and avoid foods from those areas.
- Call or write senators and representatives to voice concerns about fracking and food supplies. Ask for studies to be done and mandatory testing for fracking chemicals.
It is becoming increasingly more difficult to avoid harmful foods in the diet. This means that every shopping trip will take longer as you ask questions and read labels. It may not be a welcome prospect, but the consequences of ignoring what little information we do have could mean irreparable damage to your child’s mind and physical health, as well as your own.