California drought and us

Food aid grows in California’s agricultural heart,” says the heading of a Wall Street Journal article. The caption for a video clip in the article summarizes like this:

California’s Central Valley normally serves as the nation’s food basket. But amid a severe drought in the region, so many farmers have lost their jobs, they are being forced to line up for food handouts and other assistance.

The video ends by saying that the farmers can only hope that there’s much-needed rain and snow this winter. Imagine what it will be like if those hopes get dashed. Here in BC, the need for local food will become more evident, but suffering through a shortage is a heavy price for learning what should already be obvious.

If it is used well, the Garden City Lands can have a big local-food effect in ways that are discussed in various places in this blog and on the Garden City Lands Coalition website. It is hard to understand why some people still find this hard to understand.


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