German breweries are worried about fracking, says the Atlantic (link to the complete article).
Brewing the world’s best hefeweizen, you see, requires great drinking water — and fracking, they said, “could reduce or even completely eliminate the security of the water supply.” In a letter, the organization argued that this newfangled way of extracting energy would conflict with Europe’s oldest food purity law, the Reinheitsgebot of 1516, which stated, “We wish to emphasize that in future in all cities, markets and in the country, the only ingredients used for the brewing of beer must be barley, hops and water.”
In a country that drinks 115.8 liters of beer per year per capita, that is a great argument for the anti-fracking movement to use in the bars and Kneipen of Germany.
And here is the French side of the argument in the same article:
“We are not interested in bringing factories to the countryside,” farmer Christophe Charpentier told French radio. “We make regional products here, we have AOC cheeses,” he said, referring to an official French food label. “I don’t see what we have to gain with having oil drilling here.”
Don’t attack beer in Germany and leave cheese alone in France, that should be the obvious conclusion for all the frackers out there.