|A flood of stories are addressing the impacts the global food shortage and inflation are having on domestic food security.
The Washington Post ran back-to-back stories covering both the national conflict’s impact on expected food and farming costs, and another article specifically on the California drought.
In “U.S. imports little from Ukraine and Russia, but food and farming costs are expected to rise”, the article focuses primarily on Midwest-produced commodities, though it addresses growing gas and equipment prices, which in turn drive up food prices throughout the supply chain.
An in-depth story on the effect of the Western drought was highlighted in Monday’s paper with “As it enters a third year, Calfornia’s drought is strangling the farming industry“. The excellent piece discusses the broad-ranging problems created by no allocation of water by the Central Valley Project and 5% deliveries by the state.
Alliance member, Westlands Water District, is quoted in the piece:
“There’s a basic question that we need to address and that is do we want to sustain irrigated agriculture in California?” said Tom Birmingham, general manager of Westlands Water District, which oversees federal water deliveries to more than 700 farms here spread over 1,000 square miles.
“If the answer is yes, then we need to determine how we’re going to invest in the infrastructure we need and what policies need to be changed to preserve it,” he continued. “If the answer is no, then how are we going to deal with the socio-economic impacts of its elimination?”
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Additionally, you might be interested in stories addressing challenges to the global food supply from Forbes, New York Times and Reuters.