The drought in California is now being called the worst in 500 years. Tensions are mounting as water is rationed to the industrial farms (which depend heavily on irrigation) to assure there is enough for the massive and ever-growing urban populations. Growers are bemoaning the loss in yields they’ll have to bear. Cities are complaining that their water sources are being diverted.
The situation is an unsustainable mess and it will continue to get worse over time, drought or no drought.
We’re asking the California environment to do things it isn’t capable of doing.
We’ve made ourselves dependent upon food grown there, in an environment not suited to that kind and scale of agriculture.
Someday folks will be asking the question we ought to be asking now: Why did we allow this to happen?