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California dryin'

(article, Culinate staff)

If you live in California, you already know that this winter has been particularly dry. For the rest of us, it's going to become a problem when the drought affects crops. As the California Farm Bureau warned,

bq. If California production is drastically reduced, the water crisis could affect American kitchens. In an age when people want fresh, local produce, a reduction could ultimately lead to more imports . . . water shortages could have a lasting impact on California agriculture, a roughly $32-billion-a-year industry. If entire farms go out of business, seed dealers, equipment providers, processing facilities, and others could be affected.