California Water Crisis Hikes Up Food Prices

On February 22, 2014, in a news feature on ABC News 10 reported by Suzanne Phan at KXTV, we learned that …

Grocery Costs Begin to Skyrocket

Federal officials said many farmers caught in California’s drought will receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday it will continue to monitor rain and snowfall, but at this point there’s not enough water in the Central Valley Project to give water to farmers.

Local Residents Will See Their Food Costs Rise

Experts said the lack of water means your grocery bill is going to go up … a lot. For every $100 you spend, expect to pay an extra $10 to $15 at checkout.

“Here in California, we should also be counting on fruits, nuts, everything going up” shopper Maureen Weston said.

This Is Grim News For California Farmers

Last year, Central Valley farmers got 20 percent of their normal water allowance. They won’t be receiving any water from the federal government this year. That means many growers will leave their fields unplanted.

“We also have lettuce that typically would be in the ground right now. That wasn’t planted,” Gayle Holman with Westlands Water District in Fresno explained.

As for beef, higher feed prices and thinner herds will push prices up more dramatically as we get closer to summer.

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