NO WATER = NO JOBS
IS GROWING FOOD A WASTE OF WATER?
DAMS NOT TRAINS
FOOD GROWS WHERE WATER FLOWS
SAVE CALIFORNIA WATER
CONGRESS-CREATED DUST BOWL
Those are some of the signs one sees on Highway 5, on which I traveled last week, between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
For some reason, this big city girl loves farming….I am utterly fascinated by the rows of trees planted along the highway and utterly devastated at the dry land between those green and fertile areas. But, this big city girl also loves a lot of country music, so …!! But I digress.
The signs are true, in my opinion…valid, in my opinion; we need FOOD, the land will not suffer for having more water and producing beautiful food for all of America. The little fish that blocks much of the water coming into California isn’t the least bit important, but it’s won.
We drove by fields of dryness I hoped against hope were fields of hay already cut down, and I did see some bundled hay, but I fear most of that land is dry nothingness where trees should be growing. Also, there are acres and acres of gorgeous trees in various heights of their lives, sapling, mature trees, and they get water. HOW? I suppose it’s meted out somehow.
HERE is a good piece on this problem. HERE is the definitive story on the smelt and how that threatens our water. People don’t eat smelt, but it’s endangered. I don’t care, frankly. And I’m a bit of environmentalist myself. Also, articles from the left on this issue add Chinook Salmon to the list of fish keeping water from farms. That’s a new one for me, and I’m not sure it’s true.
We ALL have an investment in California growing food, it supplies all of America with a huge, surprising percentage of the total food we eat.