Governor Andrew Cuomo seems to want to eat his cake (or drink his wine) and have it, too. At a beer and wine summit he convened last week, he boasted about the “’phenomenal growth’” in the industry during his 22 months as governor, according to the New York Times. At the same, he is giving every indication that he poised to allow fracking in the very parts of New York State that produce our wine and beer, a prospect that deeply concerns producers. According to the Washington Post, many vintners don’t see their industry co-existing with fracking. “If they allow hydro-fracking anywhere near us, tourism will be over and the industry will be done,” Art Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards, told the Post. Many brewers and vintners have already signed on to our campaign asking Governor Cuomo to ban fracking in upstate New York State — source of our food, water, beer and wine. Please join them and sign our letter to the governor today!
We will be tabling at farmers markets in Larchmont, October 27; Pleasantville, November 3; and Tarrytown, November 10th. Stop by and sign our petition to ban fracking in New York. Community Markets schedule & locations.
Thank you to all the food professionals who stopped by our booth at the Star Chefs International Chefs Congress. Among those who signed our petition to ban fracking in New York State: Kevin Lasko of Park Avenue Autumn; David Waltuck, the longtime culinary power behind Chanterelle, and now executive corporate chef for Ark Restaurants; and Meredith Kurtzman of Otto Enoteca Pizzeria. We also got some out-of-towners to sign on: folks who understand that fracking near farms in an agricultural powerhouse state like New York is bad news for the food industry. So welcome Chef Ian Muntzert of Commonwealth in San Francisco and Jose Duarte of Boston’s Tartanta. If you are a food professional, please join them today by signing our petition to Governor Cuomo today.
Come say hello to us at the Seventh Annual Star Chefs International Chefs Conference at the Park Avenue Armory. We’ll be here until Tuesday afternoon, continuing our campaign to fight fracking in New York State.