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Author: The Gaia Foundation. 2014.

UnderMining Agriculture alerts us to the impact that the extractive industries are having on our capacity to feed ourselves and the health of our planet’s ecosystems.

This is part 1 of a series of articles on Fracking the Farm.

Some farmers look at potential Marcellus shale drilling as a boon: Lease rentals and royalties could make it possible to pass the family farm to the next generation. Others fear that the highly industrialized drilling process will contaminate land, water, and, ultimately, the food we eat.

This is part 2 of a series of articles on Fracking the Farm.

In June, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) asked Pennsylvania’s governor and legislature to place a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction (commonly called hydrofracking).

This is part 3 of a series of articles on Fracking the Farm.

On an August Sunday in 2009, Angel and Wayne Smith were relaxing on their porch after finishing the farm chores. Suddenly they heard an explosion.

The fracking boom hadn't begun yet in Pennsylvania when J. Stephen Cleghorn and his wife purchased a rundown 50-acre farm in Jefferson County with the intention of building it up into a certified organic farm selling vegetables and goat dairy products.

Environmental concerns surrounding drilling for gas are intense due to expansion of shale gas drilling operations. Controversy surrounding the impact of drilling on air and water quality has pitted industry and lease - holders against individuals and groups concerned with environmental protection and public health.

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