Learn why cutting off water to farmers is so devastating to California in more than a few ways.
Farmers Have Spent $3 Billion in Irrigation System Upgrades
From 2003 through 2013 California farmers invested almost $3 billion upgrading irrigation systems to drip and micro-sprinklers on nearly 2.4 million acres to help keep our economy and fresh food flowing. How can we help?
California grows over 400 commodities & is one of the top suppliers of food in the world.
Farm Water Drought Impacts 2014
Lost Jobs = $2.2 Billion in Lost Economic Activity
Increased Prices to Consumers
$2 Billion in Direct Farm Losses
Acres of Farmland Fallowed
Foods Grown Almost Solely in California
Below are just some of the foods grown in California that you will be seeing less and less of as our farmers continue to receive 0% of their allocated water.
90% of ALL almonds in the world come from CA
CA is the 2nd largest exporter of apples in the U.S.
CA produces over 95% of the apricots grown in the U.S.
CA produces 100% of the artichokes in the U.S.
CA grows 90% of the avocado crops in the U.S.
CA produces 90% of broccoli in the U.S.
CA produces about 75% of all cantaloupes grown in the nation!
CA is the carrot capital, producing about 80% of the nation’s crop
Almost all of the cauliflower grown in the U.S. comes from the Salinas Valley in CA
CA produces 95% of the celery grown in the U.S.
CA produces 16% of the nation’s sweet corn, ranking #2 in the U.S.
CA produces 99% of the dates in the U.S.
CA produces 100% of the nation’s dried figs & 98% of the fresh figs
CA is the largest producer of commercial garlic in the U.S.
Napa Valley alone has the world’s highest concentration of wineries (over 200 and counting!)
CA produces around 98% of the kiwifruit grown in the U.S.
CA is the largest supplier of lemons in the U.S., Producing over 92%
Over 90% of Lettuce Sold in the U.S. is Grown in CA
CA Produces 95% of Nectarines in the U.S.
CA is responsible for 99% of all the olive oil produced in the U.S.
CA produces 65% of the total U.S. crop of peaches
CA is the 2nd largest producer of pistachios in the world
97% of all U.S.-grown plums are grown in CA
CA produces 99% of the pomegranates in the U.S.
DID YOU KNOW?
California grows over 400 commodities & is the 5th largest supplier of food to the world. It leads our nation in production of at least 75 commodities.
It is also the sole producer of 12 commodities including almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, olives & walnuts.
CA produces 80% of the nation’s strawberry crops.
CA is the #1 provider for tomatoes to the U.S.
99% of the walnuts produced in the U.S. come from CA
The “Ag Uses 80% of California Water” Myth
A message from the Department of Water Resources
“It is a persistent myth that 80% of California’s water is used on the farm. This simply isn’t true. California’s Department of Water Resources reports that about 41% of the state’s dedicated water supply is used by farmers, approximately 10% is used in urban areas for domestic purposes and commercial businesses, while 49% goes to the environment…In order to accurately account for statewide water use it is important to also keep track of water that has an environmental priority.”
~ Department of Water Resources
California Water Allocation
Statistics via California Department of Water Resources, Water Plan 2013