As we aim to preserve the land for future agricultural use, it is also important to remember the health of the environment. Healthy food comes from healthy soil, which is increasingly endangered by unsafe environmental practices.

These photos from the New York Times show the aftermath of the damage to the Fukishima nuclear reactor.

In the United States, our farmland and food security is being threatened by the natural gas industry. Hydraulic Fracturing, or fracking has been seen to cause illness in livestock across the country, as well as contaminate the water used to irrigate crops.

Some links on fracking and agriculture:

Many More Fracking Tragedies for Farmers and Ranchers in North Dakota, Switchboard

Fracking Our Food Supply, The Nation Magazine

Why Fracking and Farming Don’t Mix, The Catskill Mountainkeeper

Fracking With Our Food: How Gas Drilling Effects Farming, Grist

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