This week on The Farm Report, Erin Fairbanks calls up Eric Weltman of Brooklyn’s Food & Water Watch to talk about hydrofracking. Food & Water Watch is a non-profit organization that aims to ensure the safety and accessibility of food and water, and to ensure these basic needs in a sustainable way. Tune in to learn about the harmful side effects of fracking, and the mythology behind the environmental safety of natural gas. Hear about the need for renewable energy in New York state, and how fracking threatens the state’s three largest industries – farming, tourism, and real estate. Erin and Eric discuss the pros and cons of hydrofracking over an imaginary dinner! Later, Erin catches up with Jeanne Hodesh of the Greenmarket for this week’s GrowNYC Market Update! This program has been sponsored by Tabard Inn.

“There are safe alternatives to natural gas, but there are no alternatives to water.” [4:25]

“Natural gas is primarily methane, and methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas.” [6:20]

Eric Weltman on The Farm Report