We’re in a drought here in California. You probably already knew that. Governor Brown has requested we all use 25% less water. I’m not sure how to do that? We’re not profligate water wasters.
Obviously, Helaine and I are part of the problem. So are all the other residents. When you live in a desert the water’s got to come from somewhere else.
Residential use is but a small fraction of California’s problem. Agriculture takes 80% of our state’s processed water! Residents are being asked to conserve. Farmers, not so much.
We are America’s best source for fruits, vegetables and nuts. Soil in the Central and Imperial Valleys is perfect. We hardly ever see frost. Sunshine is plentiful. We just don’t have a lot of water.
Some of our ag water use is questionable considering the short supply. Nearly 10% of our water goes to produce almonds! Growing one almond takes over a gallon of water.
I’m willing to do my part. I’m not as willing to let others slide by. Maybe it’s time to question how our valuable water is used? Is it being sold at a fair enough price to insure people and farmers think twice before consuming?
Here’s a chart from Mother Jones with the water requirements for some California crops.