This is the fourth in a series of posts showing you small steps you can take to say goodbye to dirty fossil fuels.
Getting off fossil fuels will take a huge effort by everyone. Please start now!
This is my first local box from Greenling.
Today I will use some of the greens, mushrooms and tomatoes in a crustless quiche that I will bake in my solar oven. I will roast the tiny beets–a favorite of mine–along with the quiche. I will eat the grapefruit right now and use the limes with some mint from my garden for mojitos before dinner.
Buying local is part of the effort to get off fossil fuels. Importing food from long distances keeps us hooked on fossil fuels. Texas has organic grown local food and wine that is wonderful. Eat what is in season and eat local.
There is an issue with food grown where there is fracking and people are starting to take notice.
- From Willow Wisp Organic Farm: Agriculture and High Volume Slick Water Fracturing Are NOT Compatible
- NYC Chefs: Don’t frack with our ingredients
- Moosewood Cooks
- Choosing water for fracking over water for food
- Toxic emissions that magnify up the food chain in meat and milk
- Fracking with our food: how gas drilling affects farming
I could continue endlessly but you can do your own Google search.
Texas is way behind other areas. Texas still allows unlined and unfenced pits where cattle and wildlife are free to drink drilling waste. In rural Texas areas, unfenced well pads allow cattle to lick the salty pipes. And toxic drilling waste is getting spread on farmland.
This poster is circulating in the Marcellus area. It makes me sad for the local farms there who are doing their best to keep damage from fracking to a minimum. I do know one group that is working on a certification system farmers can use to ensure safe food even in areas of fracking. That is a good temporary fix but it’s not the answer.