This weekend, there were more op/eds on the Pacific Institute's report "Stupid Farmers Are Leaving Money on the Table" (my title -- see prior post), which claims that farmers could save oodles of water if they would just shift crops, install drip irrigation, etc. The flaw in the report is that it fails to highlight the fact that farmers will only make such moves (and save such water) when it's profitable. Economics strikes again.
Anyway, the SF Chronicle's op/ed rather naively repeats PI's claims. The Modesto Bee op/ed offers a more-useful perspective -- mentioning, e.g., how flood irrigation replenishes groundwater (something I've discussed before). Even better, the Bee mentions this blog and promoted me to "Professor." (Won't my advisers be proud!)
Bottom Line: Don't judge a book by its cover or an argument by its conclusion. Think through the implications!
BIG hattip to JC