Featuring images by Ed Kashi (VII), an article on ABC News takes a deeper look at California’s recently announce water restrictions plan. Although California’s agricultural sector yields a large majority of America’s produce, critics are questioning why the focus of the new water restrictions. “It is striking that [Gov. Brown’s] executive order refines restrictions to the urban sector that consumes only 20 percent of California’s water and leaves the agricultural sector, which consumes 80 percent of the water, untouched at least for the moment,” said Mark Hertsgaard, an environmental journalist and author who lives in San Francisco.
The article continues, “California’s agricultural industry is the largest in the country, receiving $46.4 billion for its output in 2013, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Although the industry consumes 80 percent of the state’s water supply, it accounts for only 2 percent of the state economy, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. California agriculture is also responsible for 69 percent of the nation’s commercially available fruits and nuts, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture.”
Ed Kashi and Matt Black produced a short film on California’s drought situation in 2014 called, “California: Paradise Burning“. You can watch the film that was originally published on the New Yorker here.