How is the same amount of food being produced in California able to keep up with the demand when there is a drought?

  • Posted by: nabi
  • August 20, 2015
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Diana B
Diana B August 20, 2015
http://phys.org/news/2015-08-drought-california-agriculture-184b-jobs.html
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Smaug August 21, 2015

I find the op a bit confusing, but California food production is currently being supported in large part by pumping from underground aquifers. The potential effects are severe- large tracts of land are sinking at really appalling rates, sometimes several inches a month, with all kinds of side effects. Not only will these aquifers take years to be recharged, collapsed areas may lose their ability to absorb water and may be lost as a water resource forever. On the bright side, the price for inedible strawberries is holding well.

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