Almonds and the new normal

Unlike the environmentalist quoted in this Bee story, I sympathize with farmers who planted almond crops and now face possible ruin because of the drought.

But sympathy does not change the facts: farmers with junior water rights should not plant permanent crops.

The story includes the obligatory ag denialist repeating the obligatory meme that the drought is a “manufactured crisis.” But the truth is that “reliable” water for people legally entitled only to intermittent water is manufactured plenty. California has reached the end of manufactured plenty.

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