Last week, an explosion at a fracking site in southwestern Pennsylvania, left one worker injured and another missing and presumed dead.??A fire at the site continued to burn into the afternoon after the blast, which occurred around 6:45 a.m. Chevron did not immediately know the cause of the blast. Less than a week after the incident, Chevron has come under fire after sending out an apology letter to local residents…with a voucher for a large pizza and two-liter drink. What can we learn from this? 1. Fracking is an highly dangerous practice that contributes to air and water pollution, devaluation of land, and puts communities and workers at risk. 2. Despite making billions of dollars, the companies that profit from fracking consider minimal compensation for major environmental and human catastrophes sufficient.
Each year Edible Communities, the family of local food magazines of which Edible Long Island is one of its newest members, gives its readers an opportunity to acknowledge and recognize the dedication and work of our local heroes: the farmers, chefs, merchants, food artisans and nonprofit organizations that feed us. Edible readers vote for their own heroes in five categories; chef/restaurant, food shop, farm/farmers, food/beverage artisan and nonprofit. This year, Slow Food Huntington is a nominee under the non-profit category. As co-chair of SFH, its goes without saying that we would love your vote! Voting ends March 1; winners will be announced with the Oscars on Sunday, March 2.??Click here to vote!
Proposed legislation in California would require sugary drink makers to put warning labels about potential health hazards on their products.If the bill were to pass, sodas and juices with added sugar would contain a label reading, ?STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.? The requirement would effectively apply to any sugar-sweetened sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, vitamin water and iced teas, all of which he said have been marketed more aggressively by beverage makers in recent years. The measure, SB 1000, would take effect July 1, 2015