Posted by: Jan | September 7, 2015

The Farmers are Winning over the Fish


Another good article in the news today:

In the midst of the drought, many California counties are reporting record agricultural revenues, farm labor has actually increased by some measures, and fruit and vegetable prices have generally remained steady. In short, California agriculture appears to be more resilient than the doom-and-gloom stories propagated by agribusinesses and their supporters in Congress.

How? They have dramatically increased groundwater pumping.

On the other hand, This is causing roads and canals to buckle, causing hundreds of millions of dollars (or more) in damages to public infrastructure. Rural disadvantaged communities, households have seen their drinking water wells dry up completely.

What’s more, extensive lobbying by agribusiness has led to waivers of the minimum environmental protections for fish and wildlife in California’s rivers and streams, driving some salmon runs and other native fish and wildlife to the brink of extinction so that farmers and cities can divert even more water during the drought.

Read more here …

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