Sorry for the delay in posting. I had my head under the website’s hood for a couple days, but we’re back on the road now.
Let’s talk drought. California is suffering a drought for the third year in a row (I love Schwarzenegger in the video at that link: "We need wodah! We need wodah!"), and emergency conditions have been declared. The drought, an emergency that may last for years to come, will have a huge impact on fires, salmon production, California’s perennial rural-urban tensions, long term water supplies, and on California’s farm workers, too, of course — both with lay offs and the conditions in which they work. (Anybody who says Mexicans come to America and take our precious jobs? Read this.)
But it’s not all doom and gloom. After all, some see the drought as an opportunity to introduce drought-resistent genetic modified organisms.Yee. Haw.
And there are some colorful ideas, too: gray water initiatives, purple fire hydrants, and green practices like smart spinklers and harvesting rainwater. It also looks like the drought may be making California CSAs more attractive, with food prices expected to spike this summer.
Fair Food Fight will be watching that last point carefully, as food prices across the board will certainly rise. California’s small farmers will have to get creative in order to compete.