Will Fracking Affect Your Pizza?

Fracking. This controversial topic has made it to the headlines of many news centers across the country. Whether you are for or against it, the debate surrounding this hot topic issue is sure to be important now, and for generations to come. For those of you who are new to the issue, fracking is the process of pumping water and sand underground in hopes of freeing natural gas from underneath the rocks where it is trapped.   Small fractures occur naturally underground, allowing some of this natural gas to be extracted; however, fracking accelerates this process. Opponents of fracking argue that it will contaminate groundwater as well public drinking water systems.

Most recently, the fracking debate has heated up in New York.  Surprisingly, executive chefs, bakers, and restaurant owners are jumping into the frontlines of the debate. Many are making it their mission to raise awareness about the negative effects fracking can have on New York’s cuisine (Farley, thirteen.org). The organization, called Chefs for the Marcellus, has drawn the attention of some big name chefs, including the Food Network’s, Mario Battali. Battali’s four star restaurant, Del Posto gets much of its produce and meats from the farms in upstate New York, where the Marcellus Shale lies, and where Governor Cuomo would like to introduce hydrofracking.

Hoping to appeal to peoples stomachs, Battali and his chef comrades are insisting that fracking will impact the quality of their food. Executive Chef Brooks Headly of Del Posto is also extremely concerned about the effect fracking can have on New York’s eateries,insisting, “NYC is the greatest city of pizza, and a lot of people say that’s because of the water. If we destroy the water supply, we destroy New York pizza” (Farley,thirteen.org).

So, what do you think of the fracking debate? Do you oppose it because you believe it will contaminant groundwater and isn’t environmentally friendly? Are you for it because you believe it will decrease the price of gas and create jobs? Or, like Mario Battali, do you oppose it because you believe it will negatively affect the world-class cuisine found in New York City? Here at Filters Fast, we want to know what you think, so post your thoughts to our comment section or Facebook Page!

New York City embraces its tap water

Drink NYC Water

NYC embraces it’s tap water, which is considered to be among the best in the world.

Just two weeks ago, we wrote about the many accolades that New York tap water has received. Tap’d NY, for example, bottles New York’s tap water and sells it. The Famous New York Baking Water Corp. replicates the water New York City is so well-known for and then sells it to bakeries and restaurants hoping to recreate the pizzas, breads and bagels of The Big Apple.

But these companies aren’t the only ones trying to capitalize on New York City’s tap water. The CityStore, the official store of New York City, is now selling water decanters, glasses, coasters and t-shirts that feature the words “Drink NYC Water” pouring from a faucet.

New York City is obviously proud of its tap water, and rightly so. In a 2008 report, New York City Department of Environmental Protection hinted at this new campaign. The report also mentioned the ways in which drinking tap water is better not only for the environment, but also for your wallet (drinking two liters of tap water every day adds up to only 50 cents a year!). The city is also adding more water fountains around New York to ensure NY’s tap water can be had throughout the city.

The Famous New York Baking Water Corp.

Famous New York Baking Water Corp.If asked to list the ingredients of a well-made New York-style pizza, most would begin by rattling off the usual suspects: a hand-tossed crust, a delicious tomato sauce and fresh  mozzarella. Few would start by mentioning the one ingredient that many insist is critical in making a New York-style pizza pie: the water.

New York City has long been praised for its water. Last year, we wrote about a company called Tap’d NY, which was openly bottling New York’s tap water for sale. And, perhaps not surprisingly, people were buying it.

Now, many restaurants outside of New York are using the same water to make their pizza, bagels and breads, thanks to the Famous New York Baking Water Corp. The company has created a water filtration system that yields water with a similar profile to New York’s acclaimed water, which is then used by bakers and chefs to produce foods similar to those found in New York.

The water can also be used in sauces, soups or other dishes that aren’t exclusively thought of as “New York” foods. The company claims that the water is similar to New York’s water from a century ago, “before pollutants and contaminants invaded the water supply.” Now, the company says, restaurateurs can use this same great-tasting water without worrying about contaminants and impurities.