Ask USDA to LABEL ORGANIC farm animals & dairy products as FRACK FREE

Sunset Date: 12/14/2015 Reference: 7 CFR 205.601

In Texas it is unavoidable to NOT have cattle grazing near oil & gas activities. I believe we should properly label our meat and other farm animals/dairy products that were exposed to oil & gas production. Through a phone conversation I had with the lead for the Barnett Shale Division of TCEQ, Jaret Wessel, he admitted that the state does not screen for chemicals such as found on the FracFocus chemical disclosure registry.

Bottom line is if the food is labeled as organic (pesticide/herbicide/hormone/GMO free), it should also be free from fracking exposures in the air, soil, & water.

Please email asap Michelle.Arsenault@ams.usda.gov, who is the contact for the USDA Vermont meeting being held from 10/26 thru 10/29 2015, to see if she can slip in this topic to be discussed.

AND also contact Nosb@ams.usda.gov, NOP.guidance@ams.usda.gov

Or write/call USDA National Organic Program: Standards Division
Room 2648-S, Stop 0268
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250-0268
202-720-3252

The proper channel for contacting the USDA to effect a change is the official petition process (red ass tape?) as chronicled here.


Related…you can also sign this MoveOn petition to stop auctioning off California land to oil & gas development in the interest of protecting California produce.

Sign here for another related petition to congress from Food & Water Watch to not frack on public lands.

On a different, but also related note, here is an August 2015 webinar presentation on Oil & Gas leasing in North Carolina where there is about 52,200 farmers growing over 80 different commodities…..

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “dave@grocer.coop” <dave@grocer.coop>; “admin@grocer.coop” <admin@grocer.coop>; “dan@grocer.coop” <dan@grocer.coop>; “dave@grocer.coop” <dave@grocer.coop>; “info@fci.coop” <info@fci.coop>; “info@NationalOrganicCoalition.org” <info@NationalOrganicCoalition.org>; “james@rafiusa.org” <james@rafiusa.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 9:29 AM
Subject: Fw: Please respond on this letter/topic if frack free should be included in organic standards
I am contacting those related to entities that filed a petition for rule making to ask for guidance and for your position on fracking exposure related food labeling or to at least have the organics label recognize the absence of testing for fracking related chemicals such as found on the FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry and label accordingly.
What is your group’s position on this subject?
END EMAIL—————————————-

Below is my personal collection of letters to/from beef producers regarding this topic….

—– Original Message —–

From:Charlie Bradbury

To:‘Kim & Ken Feil’

Sent:Thursday, July 01, 20108:49 PM

Subject: RE: cattle exposed to fracing fluids

Kim,

I apologize for failing to respond to your inquiry, either my spam filter is responsible or I simply overlooked it. I cannot verify that none of our suppliers have cattle near oil and gas extraction sites. As you probably know, fossil fuel production is a very big business inTexasand there are countless ranches across the state where cows are grazing in the same pastures as oil and gas wells and production units. I can tell you that ranchers involved in supplying cattle to our program are only profitable when their cattle are healthy and at peak performance. Cattle that are not healthy and not performing well don’t meet the rigid requirements of our program and don’t make any profit. In other words, it is not in anyone’s interest to allow the kind of contamination described in this article. Thank you for your interest.

Charlie Bradbury, CEO

Nolan Ryan’s All Natural Beef

1300 Eleventh St. Suite 310

Huntsville,TX77342

936-436-1622, ext 102

936-295-1747, fax

936-661-2957,cell

From: Kim & Ken Feil []
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2010 5:46 PM
To: info@nolanryanbeef.com
Subject: cattle exposed to fracing fluids

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cattle-from-tioga-county-farm-quarantined-after-coming-in-contact-with-natural-gas-drilling-wastewater-97603614.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

I emailed U a month ago asking if you can verify that NONE of your TX cattle suppliers have cattle near any oil and gas extraction sites.

You never responded.


—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “AMS – Guidance, NOP” <NOP.Guidance@ams.usda.gov>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2015 10:35 AM
Subject: RE: Please respond on this letter/topic if frack free should be included in organic standards

Hello Ms. Feil,

Thank you for contacting the National Organic Program with your inquiry. The National Organic Program is not aware of any waste water from hydraulic fracturing being used on organic farms.  In April 2015, the EPA published a proposed rule that would prohibit discharge of any wastewater pollutants from hydrofracturing into a publicly owned treatment works.  The National Organic Program will continue to monitor the situation and its impact on organic production. If you have further questions, please direct them to Sam Jones-Ellard, Public Affairs Specialist, 202.660.2268.

Thank you,

Stacy Jones King

Agriculture Marketing Specialist, Standards Division

USDA National Organic Program

From: kim feil [mailto:kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 1:05 PM
To: Arsenault, Michelle – AMS; AMS – Nosb; AMS – Guidance, NOP
Subject: Fw: Please respond on this letter/topic if frack free should be included in organic standards

Hello, I need to ask for guidance and for your position on fracking exposure related food labelingor to at least have the organics label recognize the absence of testing for fracking related chemicals such as found on the FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry and label accordingly before the Sunset process, thanks.

 end update


UPDATE…heres another one that I had to ask twice before getting a response ….

American Farmers Network

Contact Information

Call Us Toll Free:
(800) 817-6180

Email Us:
support@americanfarmersnetwork.com

Business Hours:
5:30AM-6:30PM PT, Mon – Sat

Address:
11900 NE 1st Street
Suite 3023
Bellevue, WA 98005

Hello,

Thank you very much for your email. I am sorry to hear that we did not answer your question on our original response.

I researched your question further, and I would be more than happy to provide additional information. Seeing as we primarily source from farms in Oregon, fracking wastewater is not a predominant concern. Furthermore, none of the farms we source from are in close proximity to fracking operations.

We test our soil to ensure it is up to USDA certifications, and have not had issues with soil contamination. As for the water, we do not test specifically for fracking remnants, however as I mentioned this is not a primary concern as we are not located to fracking operations.

I hope this information was helpful. Please let me know if there is anything else we can do to help.

Kind regards,
Samantha B.

American Farmers Network

American Farmers Network

Contact Information

Call Us Toll Free:
(800) 817-6180

Email Us:
support@americanfarmersnetwork.com

Business Hours:
5:30AM-6:30PM PT, Mon – Sat

Address:
11900 NE 1st Street
Suite 3023
Bellevue, WA 98005

Hello Ms. Feil,

Thank you for your email.  I am happy to address your concern to the best of my ability.  We source from small family run certified organic farms who not only meet but exceed the USDA guidelines for organic farming.  What I know for sure is that the soil quality is tested per the USDA organic farming guidelines and that our free-range animals graze on pasture free from herbicides and pesticides.

I sincerely hope that the information that I have provided is helpful to you.

Kind regards,

Dawn

With best regards,
American Farmers Network Customer Support

You can view the ticket and reply from web interface from here .

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About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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