This is a revised post. I was misled by an article I read which led to the original post. The following represents the actual facts.
I have been so fortunate to know each and every one of you. It helps not to feel alone when the rest of the world seems to have gone crazy. The latest news has me downright mad. Areas of California have run out of water or soon will. Many farmer’s have decided not to plant this year and the news is rampant with stories of increased prices on produce normally grown in those areas of California. The state water authority announced there won’t be enough water for both consumers and farmers.
But while the Governor is making arrangements to haul in water to support these agri-businesses there is one business that will use millions of gallons of water and pollute the air, water and land of California that I doubt will see their water supply cut.
What is that business?…are you ready? Fracking! Yes, a state that has devastating earthquakes already, drought conditions that are only getting worse, needs to import water from Colorado to supply their normal demands and a state that supplies a large majority of the food eaten in the US supports Fracking, and had for 30 years.
Many farmers won’t plant their crops this year and many will fail due to water shortages. In addition to the foods we normally hear coming from California such as oranges, almonds and lemons they also provide plenty of apples. Here more surprising facts on California’s importance in terms of our food supply:
- California has been the number one food and agricultural producer in the United States for more than 50 consecutive years.
- More than half the nation’s fruit, nuts, and vegetables come from here.
- California is the nation’s number one dairy state.
- California’s leading commodity is milk and cream. Grapes are second.
- California’s leading export crop is almonds.
AND: Nationally, products exclusively grown (99% or more) in California include almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, kiwifruit, olives, persimmons, pistachios, prunes, raisins, clovers, and walnuts.
- California is the nation’s leading producer of strawberries, averaging 1.4 billion pounds of strawberries or 83% of the country’s total fresh and frozen strawberry production. Approximately 12% of the crop is exported to Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Japan primarily. The value of the California strawberry crop is approximately $700 million with related employment of more than 48,000 people.
- California produces 25% of the nation’s onions and 43% of the nation’s green onions.
Am I the only one who sees a huge problem with this? We know from other states and countries that fracking has been the cause of earthquakes in areas not normally prone to them. How long before fracking along one of the longest and most active major fault lines on the planet causes a massive quake? Possibly worse than geologists have been predicting for decades.
The following is a quote from Natural Disasters: “The San Andreas fault is the 800 mile long boundary between the Pacific and North American Plates. It is the main fault of an intricate network of faults spanning the California coastal region. At its deepest, the San Andreas extends 10 miles beneath the ground. The San Andreas fault is a right-lateral transform fault meaning that if one was to stand on one side of the fault and look across to the other, the opposite site would appear to move to the right. This means the Pacific Plate is moving northward while the North American Plate is moving southward.”
If you don’t produce some of your own food now would be a good time to consider doing so. There are things I can’t grow here such as citrus fruits but I can grow foods I enjoy to offset the rising costs at the grocery store. I think it may be time to consider some nut trees in the field as well.