Every day, millions of Americans drive to the grocery store to purchase fruits and vegetables, rarely thinking where the produce came from or what they would do if it’s no longer available.
That nightmare scenario, though, could happen far sooner than you may envision, and it’s the subject of this week’s Off The Grid Radio.
California, the producer of half of America’s most popular fruits and vegetables, is in the middle of a so-called mega drought, and by this time next year, grocery stores could be void of such popular items as broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, bell peppers and carrots, not to mention peaches, strawberries and plums. That’s because California produces more than 90 percent of the nation’s share of those crops.
Our guest, Richard Howitt of the University of California, Davis, says the drought is forcing farmers to rely on backup water sources which also are running low.
- How 20th century history could be a predictor of the future.
- What could happen to the nation’s food supply, not only in the next few months, but decades down the road.
- What you can do to avoid the crisis.
The drought already is having a major impact, as food prices skyrocket nationwide. If current conditions hold, it will get only worse. Learn what to do.
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