My son and I were talking about the water shortage this morning. I came up with an idea on how to help the farmers in California. But first this is what I read through “
SACRAMENTO – The California drought is hitting many people hard and its impact will be felt from farm to fork.
Federal officials said many farmers caught in California’s drought will receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday it will continue to monitor rain and snowfall, but at this point there’s not enough water in the Central Valley Project to give water to farmers.
The impact of the state’s water crisis will show up soon at your local supermarket. Experts said the lack of water means your grocery bill is going to go up … a lot. For every $100 you spend, expect to pay an extra $10 to $15 at checkout.
It’s grim news for farmers. Last year, Central Valley farmers got 20 percent of their normal water allowance. They won’t be receiving any water from the federal government this year. That means many growers will leave their fields unplanted.
“We also have lettuce that typically would be in the ground right now. That wasn’t planted,” Gayle Holman with Westlands Water District in Fresno explained. “And we also have melons. We’re used to having an abundance of cantaloupe and watermelon and quite frankly that won’t be available to the consumer.”
Many consumers will see the costs passed along to them.
Phil Lempert who monitors national food trends said, “If you are spending 40 bucks and it’s a wide assortment of fruits, vegetables, beef and poultry, it’s going to go up 10 to 15 percent in the short term.”
Lempert added that shoppers should expect their grocery bill to go up bit by bit over the next year or so.
As for beef, higher feed prices and thinner herds will push prices up more dramatically as we get closer to summer.
“It’s all a rollover thing,” Blue Ribbon Butcher Shop in Reno Manager Steve Cartinella said. “Whatever happens now is going to have an effect on us in about 2 months.”
“Here in California, we should also be counting on fruits, nuts, everything going up” shopper Maureen Weston said.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – Federal officials say many farmers caught in California’s drought will receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday it will continue to monitor rain and snowfall, but at this point there’s not enough water in the Central Valley Project to give water to farmers.
Last year, Central Valley farmers received 20 percent of their normal allowance, and that figure is now set at zero percent.
This marks the third dry year for the state, and Gov. Jerry Brown last month declared a drought emergency.
Federal officials say that water used by communities and wildlife will also suffer deep cuts.
I don’t know about how much the Government has entered in to this problem, however, a friend asked me to check out the site http://www.nbcnews.com/id/43521258/ns/us_news-environment/t/calif-dust-bowl-real-danger-or-mirage/#.Uw0YTtsy1CU Calif. “dust-bowl”: Real danger or a Mirage. Farmers having to fight for water which is not right.
My solution is quite simple, the U.S. Navy has ships that are moth balled, waiting for the next adventure. Well these ships can clean water for sailors to drink, wash with, do laundry, and cook with. Navy ships use a water reclamation system to clean ocean water to make it drinkable. Why can’t we ask the navy for help in this case. This will do two things, give water to the farmers and ranchers and it will give money to the navy as the government is set to cut the military again. These ships that the navy have are just sitting there, with that said they can be put to go use. If the farmers and ranchers can get with the water that they need to grow the food we need, the milk and other products we use every day the better things will be for all. Lets put this another way California is the only state that has 4 growing seasons. This means all other states has snow and ice to content with which makes there growing season very short. So with all this said here how this could work; a pipeline from the sea to all ranches and farms. These farmers and ranchers grow and raise the product, get it to market, we the people buy the product the money goes back to the farmer and ranchers in turn you pay the navy for there help. Six of these ships will just about do it. It works for me, I don’t understand why we need to make this harder than it has to be.