Nation’s Food Supply Threatened by California Water Crisis by centralbasin01

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									   Nation’s Food
Supply Threatened
by California Water
        Crisis
 The California water crisis could
threaten people’s daily meals in a
   few short years. In a nutshell,
 irrigated agriculture is depleting
California’s valuable groundwater
    supply, according to a study
     released this week by the
    University of Texas at Austin.
 The study’s authors believe their
research will offer answers on how
    to use water in a sustainable
     manner and also warn that
  irrigated farming in some areas
 may be unsustainable. This study
    was published in the journal
    “Proceedings of the National
       Academy of Sciences.”
   As families seek out better living
  arrangements, they are urbanizing
  farming areas in the Central Valley,
 said Bridget Scanlon. She’s the lead
scientist of this study, produced at the
 Bureau of Economic Geology at the
   University of Texas at Austin. This
 spreading urbanization eats up land
that might otherwise be used to grow
                  crops.
    Scanlon, who is also a senior
research scientist at the university,
   further noted that farmers are
     forced to fallow land during
    droughts. These troublesome
 trends, Scanlon said, will increase
as the California water crisis grows
                larger.
Scanlon referred to California’s last
drought, from 2006 to 2009, as an
  example of the California water
 crisis. During this period, Scanlon
 noted that farmers used enough
  groundwater to fill Lake Mead,
   California’s biggest man-made
           water reservoir.
At the current recharge rates, that
    amount of depletion is not
     sustainable, Scanlon said.
  California’s Central Valley is
  commonly called America’s
vegetable and fruit basket. Here
are a few facts about California
          agriculture:
* Agriculture generated $37.5
  billion in revenue in 2010.
* It’s the number one producer of
food in the U.S. and has been for
         more than 50 years.
* More strawberries are grown in
  California than anywhere else.
  * About 25 percent of onions
consumed in the U. S. come from
           California.
* The state grows more than 200
         different crops.
* Crops make up 73 percent of
     agricultural revenue.
      Learn more
water conservation tips
          at

 www.centralbasin.org

								
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