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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

...will you have heavy chemicals with your salad, ma'am?

 "No one expects their lettuce to contain heavy chemicals from fracking wastewater."
Irrigation water appears to be a major loophole in the USDA's organic food safety program.  

"The US Department of Agriculture's organics standards, written 15 years ago, strictly ban petroleum-derived fertilizers commonly used in conventional agriculture. But the same rules do not prohibit farmers from irrigating their crops with petroleum-laced wastewater obtained from oil and gas wells—a practice that is increasingly common in drought-stricken Southern California. As I reported last month, oil companies last year supplied half the water that went to the 45,000 acres of farmland in Kern County's Cawelo Water District, farmland that is owned, in part, by Sunview, a company that sells certified organic raisins and grapes. Food watchdog groups are concerned that the state hasn't required oil companies to disclose all the chemicals they use in oil drilling and fracking operations, much less set safety limits for all those chemicals in irrigation water. A spokesman for the USDA's National Organics Program confirmed that it has little to say on the matter. "The USDA organic regulations do not directly address the use of irrigation water on organic farms," said the spokesman, who asked to be quoted on background, "but organic operations must generally maintain or improve the natural resources of the operation, including soil and water quality."' 

Fracking is like a dam, a dam that looked so secure, appeared to be such an improvement...until it began to spring leaks and crumble. Because, turns out, like a poorly constructed dam that holds back lots of destruction and promises great things like hydroelectric power, fracking's implications weren't well thought out. The many implications - like the crippling drought in CA fields resulting in irrigation OF OUR FOOD with frack waste water, for god's sake - are like thousands of leaks in a poorly constructed dam, more leaks than we can plug up.

Mistake, people...fracking is a not-so-slow-motion train wreck, happening before our eyes.