California’s Drought Threatens US-wide Food Shortage

June 15, 2009 / 1 Comment

The entire United States faces the threat of a shortage of food because of the severe drought in California, the state which meets about a third of the country’s food needs.

Farms in California California’s Drought Threatens US wide Food Shortage

Farms in California - aerial view

The farmlands of California are irrigated by diverted rivers and streams that are filled yearly with runoff from the Sierra Nevada snowpack and by pumping of groundwater as well through some other less-reliable methods. But, the snowpack is disappearing fast.

The cruel drought is now in its third year. In California’s central valley – which is home to a majority of the state’s agricultural output – farmers are leaving hundreds of thousands of acres fallow.

In April 2009, a series of spring showers and storms had raised the snowpack to 80% of normal, but, at the beginning of May, it fell to 66%, compared to 72% the year before.

Matters have been complicated by the recent federal directives requiring reductions of water deliveries to farmers and urban users of California by 5% to 7% – this was done hoping to preserve the Pacific Coast’s salmon fishery.

And, salmon fishery, like the Sierra Nevada snowpack, is on the verge of extinction.

What next?

[via AlterNet] Image courtesy of dwinstonfidler


  • timmy

    God is nature.

    Stop opposing nature to solve your drought problem.

    Eliminate lawns in arid areas where over consumption is not sustainable.( The California Coast, the desert)

    Develop and install solar stills in gardens to water sustainable plant life. Use crushed granite, sand, native plants, rocks, etc. to landscape.

    We have become slaves to the water & power grid. Enjoy true freedom, become self sufficient and independent in your needs from government. Government will continually enlarge itself until there is nothing left of sustainable society.