Farmers leaflet references

“Experience in the US shows that fracking can create problems for local agriculture, including the loss of agricultural land and concerns about water resources.”
Food & Water Watch, 2012, ‘Fracking and the food system’: 
“There is also an increasing number of recorded incidents of poor animal health where farm animals have been exposed to fracking chemicals.”
Bamberger, Michelle, and Robert Oswald. N, 2012, Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health. New Solutions, vol. 22, iss. 1.
For an example of farmers’ testimony regarding livestock impacts see:
“A peer-reviewed study by veterinarian Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, suggests a link between fracking and illness in food animals.”
Bamberger, Michelle, and Robert Oswald. N, 2012, Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health. New Solutions, vol. 22, iss. 1.
“The study drew on case studies of 24 farmers across six US states who suspected their animals had been affected by shale gas operations. It found livestock had experienced reproductive, respiratory and neurological problems as well as vomiting and rashes likely as a result of shale gas activities.”
“In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture quarantined 28 cattle that had come into contact with wastewater leaked from a nearby well. The wastewater showed concentrations of chlorine, barium, magnesium, potassium, and radioactive strontium. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said uncertainty over the quantity of wastewater the cattle may have consumed warranted the quarantine in order to protect the public from eating potentially contaminated beef: “Drilling wastewater has high salinity levels, but it also contains dangerous chemicals and metals. We took this precaution in order to protect the public from consuming any of this potentially contaminated product.””
“A study by Pennsylvania State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has also found a direct correlation between the decline of cow numbers and dairy production in areas with higher drilling activity.”
Pennsylvania State University, 2012, Pennsylvania Dairy Farms and Marcellus Shale, 2007-2010
“In New York state farmers have formed an alliance, Farmers Against Fracking, recognising the vulnerability of agriculture to contamination by fracking and the threats to consumer confidence in food17.”
‘Farmers join group against fracking in New York’ reported 15/04/2013: 203081581.html
“In Canada, the National Farmers Union, which represents thousands of family farms, passed a landmark motion in 2011 calling for a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing. According to Alberta Region Co-ordinator Jan Slomp, “Many farmers in my area who either have direct experience with the destructive nature of hydro-fracking technology on their water wells …have come to me with their concerns. Not many of these stories get made public because the oil and gas companies usually force farmers to sign confidentiality agreements in return for replacement of their water wells”.
Frack Free Sussex Farming and Food:
CPRE Shale Gas Policy Guidance
National Farmers’ Union
Belcoo Farmers Blockade
“Fracking sparks food safety concern as expert warns of serious risk to livestock
Fracking Hell? How Poland’s Dash For Gas Turned Sour
Lock the Gate Alliance Australia
“Colorado faces oil boom “death sentence” for soil, eyes microbe fix
Joint report by RSPB, the National Trust, Wildlife and Wetlands Trust, The Angling Trust, the Wildlife Trusts and Salmon and Trout Association: “Are We Fit To Frack?”
Risk and Responsibility: Farming, Food and Unconventional Gas Drilling
Save the Farm… by Fracking It?
Fracking The Farm: Impacts on Farming and Animal Health
Fracking the Farm: Impacts on Farming and Crop Production
Fracking the Farm: Impacts on marketing and Food Safety
Organic Farmers: Caught in the Drill Zone
Drilling Won’t Save the Family Farm
Fracking Our Food Supply

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