If you’ve seen our commercial (above) running in New York State, you know that 6 percent of hydraulic fracturing wells fail immediately, and 50 percent—yes, that’s half—fail over 30 years. That means if Gov. Cuomo proceeds with his proposal to open up five counties in New York State to fracking, our water will be contaminated by this dirty process within a single generation.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with Josh Fox, Oscar-nominated director of Gasland, on this ad running on network and cable TV stations in the Southern Tier—which will cover the five counties that the Governor is considering handing over to the oil and gas industry as sacrifice zones. The ad urges New Yorkers to call Gov. Cuomo and tell him that there is no such thing as “safe fracking.”
This past Tuesday 11 national groups, including Greenpeace, Sierra Club and National Wildlife Federation, signed a letter to Cuomo urging him not to allow fracking “unless and until the impacts to New Yorkers’ health, environment and economy have been comprehensively and properly addressed.”
It’s not just New Yorkers that the Governor needs to hear from. He has political ambitions beyond New York State, and needs to hear from all Americans that the road to the White House is not lined with drilling rigs.
And fracking is not just an issue of concern here in the U.S. The oil and gas industry has its sights set on exploiting gas reserves throughout the world using this riskier process of injecting millions of gallons of fluid—typically a mix of water, sand, and chemicals including known carcinogens—underground at high pressure to fracture the shale formations surrounding a well, which then release the gas. Communities across the globe are banding together for the Global Frackdown, an international day of action, on Sept. 22 to ask their leaders to ban fracking.
As Cuomo’s decision on opening up New York to fracking looms, citizens here are ramping up the pressure to combat the overwhelming industry influence on his decision. Advocates plan to confront Cuomo at the State Fair this week—as well as continue regular vigils in Mount Kisco, where Cuomo lives.
The pressure on Governor Cuomo is increasing by the day. Will he do the right thing by protecting the health and safety of all New Yorkers? Time will tell.
At first glance, you wouldn't think avocados and almonds could harm bees; but a closer look at how these popular crops are produced reveals their potentially detrimental effect on pollinators.
Migratory beekeeping involves trucking millions of bees across the U.S. to pollinate different crops, including avocados and almonds. Timothy Paule II / Pexels / CC0<p>According to <a href="https://www.fromthegrapevine.com/israeli-kitchen/beekeeping-how-to-keep-bees" target="_blank">From the Grapevine</a>, American avocados also fully depend on bees' pollination to produce fruit, so farmers have turned to migratory beekeeping as well to fill the void left by wild populations.</p><p>U.S. farmers have become reliant upon the practice, but migratory beekeeping has been called exploitative and harmful to bees. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/10/health/avocado-almond-vegan-partner/index.html" target="_blank">CNN</a> reported that commercial beekeeping may injure or kill bees and that transporting them to pollinate crops appears to negatively affect their health and lifespan. Because the honeybees are forced to gather pollen and nectar from a single, monoculture crop — the one they've been brought in to pollinate — they are deprived of their normal diet, which is more diverse and nourishing as it's comprised of a variety of pollens and nectars, Scientific American reported.</p><p>Scientific American added how getting shuttled from crop to crop and field to field across the country boomerangs the bees between feast and famine, especially once the blooms they were brought in to fertilize end.</p><p>Plus, the artificial mass influx of bees guarantees spreading viruses, mites and fungi between the insects as they collide in midair and crawl over each other in their hives, Scientific American reported. According to CNN, some researchers argue that this explains why so many bees die each winter, and even why entire hives suddenly die off in a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder.</p>
Avocado and almond crops depend on bees for proper pollination. FRANK MERIÑO / Pexels / CC0<p>Salazar and other Columbian beekeepers described "scooping up piles of dead bees" year after year since the avocado and citrus booms began, according to Phys.org. Many have opted to salvage what partial colonies survive and move away from agricultural areas.</p><p>The future of pollinators and the crops they help create is uncertain. According to the United Nations, nearly half of insect pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies, risk global extinction, Phys.org reported. Their decline already has cascading consequences for the economy and beyond. Roughly 1.4 billion jobs and three-quarters of all crops around the world depend on bees and other pollinators for free fertilization services worth billions of dollars, Phys.org noted. Losing wild and native bees could <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/wild-bees-crop-shortage-2646849232.html" target="_self">trigger food security issues</a>.</p><p>Salazar, the beekeeper, warned Phys.org, "The bee is a bioindicator. If bees are dying, what other insects beneficial to the environment... are dying?"</p>
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