Friday, February 06, 2009


California Agriculture

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has been surprisingly frank about the future of agriculture in California. But of course the situation is actually worse, as Chu was just talking about the effects of climate change. California has already gone bust financially, so even if they had plenty of water, the state would no longer be able to be one of the country’s major food producers and exporters. Surprising frankness, yes, but nonetheless I was even more surprised by Chu’s brutally frank statement that “I don't actually see how they can keep their cities going.” I don’t, either, but to hear this from a Cabinet member is something that doesn’t happen every day.

One other thing: California is America’s top milk producer, which aggravates its situation owing to the collapse in milk prices.

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