California Residents: Tell Your State Legislators to Label Crops Grown with Fracking Wastewater!

In the face of a four-year-long drought, some farmers in California are using recycled fracking water to irrigate their crops. In hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” millions of gallons of water, sand, and hundreds of different chemicals are injected, under high pressure, into a well.

Even after the fracking fluid has been treated following state guidelines, it has been found to contain oil, acetone, and methylene chloride, a powerful solvent that is classified as a potential carcinogen. There are other chemicals that fracking companies don’t disclose to the public. If we don’t know which chemicals to test for, any number of the hundreds of chemicals used in fracking could be present in this water—especially since many chemicals can’t be removed unless reverse osmosis filtration is used.

California produces nearly half of all US-grown fruits, nuts, and vegetables. California Assemblyman Mike Gatto has introduced legislation, Assembly Bill No. 14, that would require a label for foods grown with recycled fracking fluid. The proposed label would read, “Produced using recycled or treated oil-field wastewater.”

Please write to your state legislators and urge them to support Assemblyman Gatto’s legislation.

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Please Vote YES on Assembly Bill No. 14!

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