25 May 2015

What are the root causes of Calfornia's problems?

(A guest post from BB)

IMHO, I believe CA’s current water issues can be most meaningfully understood in terms of the following:
  • Analysis of the CA ag industry’s private profits and their associated, insanely disproportionate, redistributed public costs - in terms of their relative water use. For example.
  • Analysis of the long history of reckless mismanagement of water and land use by the CA ag industry/State and their direct role in causing CA’s current water issues. For example.
  • Meaningful and appropriate solutions that serve the broadest public good. For example.
The remainder of the discussion is just noise

4 comments:

  1. Who caused the power of the ag industry? What role do city residents and environmentalists have in the problem? Is the broadest public good about California residents only or does it include residents of other states? Do you want to kill off the CA ag industry?

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  2. If the 1%, as represented by the tech folks in the Bay Area and the entertainment folks in Los Angeles, have a straight win; where does everyone import food from? There will be much less food from the Central Valley.
    I would like to see a well thought out solution to California's water problems.

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  3. Q: “Who caused the power of the ag industry?”

    A: There are quite a few sources for this information, but here's a free one:

    The Evolution of California Agriculture 1850-2000
    http://giannini.ucop.edu/CalAgBook/Chap1.pdf

    Also, as an example of the power of the ag lobbies to do public bad, see:

    How Industrial Agriculture Has Thwarted Factory Farm Reforms
    http://e360.yale.edu/feature/interview_robert_martin_how_big_agriculture_has_thwarted_factory_farm_reforms/2712/

    Q: “What role do city residents and environmentalists have in the problem?”

    A: Not sure I understand his question. Role to conserve water or political role or other?

    Q: “Is the broadest public good about California residents only or does it include residents of other states?”

    A: Public good includes all people.

    Q: Do you want to kill off the CA ag industry?

    A: What a ridiculous question. This is a typical reactionary response; if you have any criticism of any part of a thing, then you must hate the whole of it.

    Q: “If the 1%, as represented by the tech folks in the Bay Area and the entertainment folks in Los Angeles, have a straight win;”

    A: Relevance?

    Q: “...where does everyone import food from? There will be much less food from the Central Valley.”

    A: Is Eric suggesting that if the Central Valley slightly reduces its farmland so as to be sustainable, that no other area is capable of producing food? Does he think that no other state/country will pick up the slack and the world will starve? I hear this implication often, sounds like he’s parroting ag industry propaganda here.

    Q: “I would like to see a well thought out solution to California's water problems.”

    A: Suggest keep reading this blog. ;)

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  4. Very interesting
    In Brasil we discuss about semi-arid areas to develop a kind of agriculture that can liive with this natural situation
    First is to change feeds intensive in water consuption

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