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Declining Agriculture: Hungry for Answers
One of the consequences of the water transfers that most concerns CURE is the potential collapse of agricultural production in the Imperial, Mexicali, and Coachella Valleys. Californians, indeed Americans, generally take for granted an abundant year-round supply of low-cost produce. A massive decline in agricultural production from these three valleys is likely to result in sharp grocery price increases, particularly in fall and winter months.
While questioning the efficacy of farmland to city water transfers, CURE learned that the United States has done little, if any, analysis of the impact on domestic food production of eliminating millions of acres of prime agricultural land (a phenomenon that began accelerating during the 1990s and early 2000s.) And yet if recent trends continue, declining domestic agriculture could even impact national security, potentially making the U.S. vulnerable to food insecurity in the event of national or international disruptions to food supply and distribution systems, such as natural disasters or wars. CURE is exploring ways to bring attention to this neglected issue.
Click here for a copy of an article about water scarcity and food security written in 2010 by CURE Malissa McKeith and her colleague Nicole Wilson.