Drilling potentially ruins organic farms

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11% of organic farms near drilling in US, potentially 31% in future
Currently, 11% (2,140 of 19,515 total) of all U.S. organic farms share a watershed with active oil and gas (O&G) drilling. Additionally, this percentage could rise up to 31% if unconventional O&G continues to grow.Nearby O&G is one of many threats to organic farms and their crop integrity. With a steady expansion of wells, the industry is using more and more land, requiring significant quantities of fresh water, and emitting air and water pollution from sites (both in permitted and unpermitted cases). Oil and gas activity could not only affect the quality of the produce from these farms, but also their ability to meet the USDA’s organic standards.

To see how organic farms are being affected, Ted Auch analyzed certain dynamics of organic farms near drilling activity in the United States, and generated some key findings. His results showcase how many organic farms are at risk now and in the future if O&G drilling expands.

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