Are our Food Options diminishing due to oil/gas contamination

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 04, 2011 at 7:45 PM

I've been concerned primarily about Hydraulic Fracturing (method of natural gas extraction) and its' use in areas generally considered for cattle raising, not to mention the oil spill in the Gulf, which already was contaminated by several natural gas extractions from Mississippi to Texas. Katrina washed much of the contaminated waste back to shore,along with the waste caused by the spill and dispersants used (already banned in England) - a few weeks ago deceased dolphins were discovered on the Gulf shore presumed to be victims of the spill. How do we know that our grass-fed meats (esp. from TX, Col. and Nevada) as well as fish are safe to eat? Hydro-fracking has already contaminated multiple sites in the states I mentioned - probably more - and Bush/Cheney exempted the oil/gas corps. from Clean Water and Air Acts in a bill in 2005. This of course could in all probability affect the entire food chain. Should Paleos be concerned?

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on March 04, 2011
at 08:04 PM

Everyone should be concerned...not just paleos. The fracking chems are going to get into the ground water...it can't be helped...and liberated gas which isn't captured will leak into the air...which is why they passed the exemptions. From there, the chems with go into the plants and animals. Watch Gasland and be horrified, especially if you live in an area where there are Marcellus shale deposits. But that's not the end of it. There are gas deposits that underlie the Marcellus that they've got their gimlet eyes on next.



on March 18, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Believe what you will but the fish in the Gulf of Mexico are effed. I laughed when then "news" said the dead dolphins are a mystery. I'm close enough to the coast to hear that people are being paid so the noise is minimal.

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on July 21, 2011
at 05:44 AM

I apparently asked a duplicate to this very question. They must've deleted it today.

GREAT question. Such a scary phenomenon, and like bees vanishing, this one small thing (the groundwater) is connected to EVERY living thing on earth! We all need it! If it's contaminated, then just like DDT will pass up through the food chain to the apex predators, i.e. us.

These companies and politicians are SO CROOKED! It's sickening how corrupt our government is, and how much we as a people have been taken advantage of in this country. I just wish there was something more I could do to enlighten people, or demonstrate that we as Americans DON'T WANT THIS. The only people that do want it are either making alot of money from it, or have swallowed the lies that these companies fed them. It's a dirty shame.

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on March 04, 2011
at 08:07 PM

There are much bigger fish to fry when it comes to pollution affecting your food (just don't fry the fish from pretty much any lake and most rivers these days). Natgas extraction is really good at contaminating underground water supplies, and the cattle in those areas are drinking that well water, so I could see it harming them, but I couldn't tell you how it affects the meat. I doubt it would be healthier than feedlot beef from an area without natgas production.

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