This Mother Jones article “The Surprising Connection Between Food and Fracking” * highlights the connection between fracking and US food production. Another way our addiction to fossil fuels is encouraged. Also some links to other articles, including one from the Nation. Take a look at these stories to better understand the use of fossil fuels in fertilizers. It begins …
In a recent Nation piece, the wonderfulElizabeth Royte teased out the direct links between hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the food supply. In short, extracting natural gas from rock formations by bombarding them with chemical-spiked fluid leaves behind fouled water—and that fouled water can make it into the crops and animals we eat.
But there’s another, emerging food/fracking connection that few are aware of. US agriculture is highly reliant on synthetic nitrogen fertilizer, and nitrogen fertilizer is synthesized in a process fueled by natural gas. As more and more of the US natural gas supply comes from fracking, more and more of the nitrogen fertilizer farmers use will come from fracked natural gas. If Big Ag becomes hooked on cheap fracked gas to meet its fertilizer needs, then the fossil fuel industry will have gained a powerful ally in its effort to steamroll regulation and fight back opposition to fracking projects.
For the rest of the article click here. And thanks to Mary S for submitting this article for posting!*Mother Jones article by Tom Philpott published Wed Jan. 30, 2013 3:01 AM PST