47% of the USA is used to grow food. 1% is used to grow food we directly consume.
91 Million acres of Corn (not including Soybeans), and 80% of that is to feed the animals we grow, just to eat them. From calf to cow and to a 1/4 lb. hamburger equals over 600 gallons of water.
California has had low rainfall in many years, progressively worsening since 1988. In 1994, the Monterey Agreement was established to serve the state of California and those to serve their financial pocket. Basically it became a state water contract that could and was overseen by private entities, controlling like the stock market.
Ground water reservoirs exist nearly everywhere except in deserts and the reservoirs that have been depleted. So think of it, of it, you have a piece of land and there is water under it. If it is big and goes outside your property lines, you can take and do whatever you like with it. Regardless if farmers or even towns are established or not. So, you could take the water and sell it to someone else if you like, if you have the biggest straw, you can get the most. So
In the late 70’s and Stewart Resnick (owner of Paramount Farms) started buying up land in western Kern County California as investments, including wineries to capture, store, and profit from the water in the natural reservoirs (2-3 times the purchase price). Western Kern Co. has no water in it, yet captured a large part of the water bank. And now the biggest grower of Almonds, Pistachios and Pomegranates.
Workers, citizens in Lost Hills, CA see no benefit from the Resnick operations and business, or water to drink. The water is undrinkable, even at the schools. East Portersville, CA has no water for their homes, and portable water tanks are needed to be installed and filled up like a gas station would fill their gas pump tanks.
Now, think about this. Nearly 40% of the US population live in counties directly on the shoreline. This could grow to 50% by 2020. If the ground water is removed, and rain does not refill it, and misuse by over farming in desert like climates continues, mass migration will move inland.
Inland areas are not prepared for this type of migration. Nor is the sustainable U.S. food growth using the current methods.
I believe many of you still don’t understand this. According to Ranch Management Economist Dr. James McGrann “Production, Structure and Trends”
In a 2007 census, there is:
800,000 Cattle & Calf farms
Over 900 million acres of farmland 47% of total land in the U.S.
– 406 million in Crop Land
– 1% produces the food we directly consume
– 422 million in Pasture or Rangeland
– 31,376,000 head of beef cattle (277lbs avg/head edible beef product)
– 8,691,152,000lbs of beef
– 2640 gallons of water/lb. of beef
– 22,944,641,230,000 (trillion) gallons of water to produce the beef in the U.S. annually
Almonds grown in the US (California) alone:
– 98.5% of the US Almonds come from California (worldwide 90%)
– 70% are exported
– 1,800,000,000 pounds produced domestically in 2014
– 1 gallon of water to make 1 almond
– 276 almonds in a pound
– 476 billion gallons of water to grow (some say 1.07 trillion)
– 11 trillion gallons estimated to end drought in California
– 80% of California is in severe drought (US Drought Monitor)
Yet production has increased over the last several years
And currently there is 56 billion gallons in the Kern Reservoir and a few others.
Now, do this same calculation for the many other fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in California. It is staggering!
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Thank you, Darrin Beckefeld