Restaurateur/dreamer Alice Waters (founder and owner of Chez Panisse) has issued an official call to arms for California "chefs, restaurateurs, and eaters" to take a stand against fracking, the controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas. In an introduction to the "Chefs' Petition in Support of a Fracking Moratorium in California," Waters writes ("with hopefulness"):
In states already experiencing rampant fracking operations, leaks and spills have damaged crops, killed livestock and sickened the people near drilling operations, which are commonly found in agricultural communities that grow our food. As chefs, restaurateurs and eaters who cherish and rely on the natural bounty cultivated and cared for by our state's farmers, ranchers and food producers, we cannot stand by and allow the same fate to befall California's unparalleled food shed... Please join me and support California's farmers in calling on Governor Brown to place a moratorium on fracking now. By signing this important petition, you'll be adding your name to a list of chefs who care about the provenance of our food, the stewardship of our land and the future of our state's health.
California chefs like Joyce Goldstein, Chris Cosentino, and Chez Panisse's Jerome Waag have already signed on.