Organic Farmers Struggle to Protect Land from Encroaching Fracking Industry
Through this analysis I will show how EcoWatch, paired their article with a great documentary on this issue called “Gas Rush Stories”, speaking with not only for organic farmers but the customers who buy the products from these farms. Their credibility is demonstrated through their partnerships with larger green energy and environmental organizations, and enhances the articles validity by taking it to those directly affected by this industry and looking at the steps in place and how these farms are affected by their new industrial neighbors. Speaking with numerous organizations that support their claim as well as bringing to light underlying issues not covered by the mainstream media in an attempt to show that not only is the industry unable to fully grasps or account for its own environmental impact but lawmakers aren’t doing enough to ensure that the end result of all the money exchanging hands, isn’t a state left t in ruin and our farming industry left to chance. Their article is simply expanding on what the state and community is doing to make changes within fracking process and how it may be able to be regulated. Also, along with the documentary they are looking for ways to protect the crops and food sources that are very close to these wells and if anything should happen could easy become contaminated. Not only could that effect the farms but also the economy that consumes these products. They bring to light that there are no real tests to make sure these things are safe to consume not only for humans but the farm animals as well. EcoWatch, a Cleveland-based environment news magazine in partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance, the environmental advocacy group founded by Robert F. Kennedy Jr is dedicated to educating the communities and working with organizations to attain and promote legislation and ensure the preservation of our natural resources. It is the newest member of the 1% for the Planet (an alliance of business dedicated to creating a healthier planet). The creator of Gas Rush Stories Kirsi Jansa is an independent film maker and journalist in both the US and Finland. She has received numerous grants and awards for her series on the impacts of the Marcellus industry. Over the last few years Marcellus Shale gas fracturing has become a booming industry for Pennsylvania, boosting the economy through job creation by hiring 73% of its workforce from within its borders, and providing small town communities with revenue opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have. In all of this Pennsylvania has become one of the top gas producing states all because of the local farmer taking these companies in with open arms. Representatives promised the strict adherence to the highest standard, and the fracking industry itself is admittedly unaware of the impact the high volume fracturing will actually have. However without this reluctant acceptance none of this would have been made possible. Many of course were persuaded into leasing their property because of the increased revenue it would bring for them, but what cost? Other more traditional farms have found problems with the methods in which gas is being extracted. Organic farming in particular have found themselves too close for comfort, and struggling to maintain their traditional organic standards. This impact is the articles main focus. Gas Rush Stories, filmed by Kirsi Jansa, has given great insight on all sides of the fracking industry. Not only does she include testimonies from the farmers who have signed leases with the gas industry companies, but also professional opinions on the effects and/or benefits fracking has on these small communities. The farmers she spoke to seemed to be adamant that their quality was more important than the increased revenue from gas well drilling and of the 500 organic farms in PA and the surrounding 9 states only 20 have actually taken the risk. This...
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