German Brewers Warn Against Fracking

“Fracking with poisonous chemicals should be forbidden. But the government wants to allow it on 86 percent of land,” Bärbel Höhn, a Green Party parliamentarian, told Bild. “That doesn’t just worry brewers.”

THE HAGUE — Hops, malt, yeast, water and … proprietary fracking chemicals?

German brewers are warning against fracking in their country, invoking the beer purity law of 1516 that only allows basic, and pure, ingredients in real beer. They worry that shale gas removal could lead to a contamination of the water they use to make the national drink.

The Deutscher Brauer-Bund sent an open letter to six government ministers who are drafting new fracking regulations to call for a moratorium of the practice, according to a report in the newspaper, Bild.

“The changes in the law proposed by the federal government are insufficient to guarantee the safety of the drinking water or to satisfy the requirements for the beer purity law,” said Peter Hahn, head of the brewers association, according to Bild.

German Brewers Warn Against Fracking



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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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