Fracking for natural gas is damaging livestock farms across the country, and contaminating air and water supplies as well, reports Elizabeth Royte at the Nation. Pollution in the form of volatile organic chemicals has killed cows and caused human respiratory disease, and heavy metal pollution also damages both human and animal health, in North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and elsewhere. While the death toll of cattle is insignificant so far, environmentalists see this as an early warning sign of much greater problems ahead. Dead cattle don’t make it into human food, although they can be processed for chicken food, thus possibly carrying pollutants into the human food chain. Radioactive pollution of air, water and soil near fracking sites has also been detected. Fracking water is highly polluted and can eventually discharged by water treatment plants into streams, another cause for concern. Beyond this, numerous fracking accidents are discharging pollution directly into the environment. Between 2008 and 2011, drilling companies in Pennsylvania reported nearly 2,400 violations of law that posed a direct threat to the environment and safety of communities, for example. Fracking is clearly already damaging human health.
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Fracking our food supply. Growing evidence suggests that two impulses – toward energy and food independence – may be at odds with each other. There’s potential for for drilling and fracking operations to contaminate our food. The early signs from heavily fracked regions, especially from ranchers, is not reassuring. Nation http://www.thenation.com/print/article/171504/fracking-our-food-supply