by Jonathan Benson, Natural News:
The fruit basket of America, California’s Central Valley, is in major trouble. Persistent drought conditions combined with decades of overfarming and chemical spraying has killed much of the growing acreage there. And experts are now warning that the entire agricultural region will likely collapse if more farmers don’t give the land a chance to rest and rejuvenate itself.
Ever since early farmers first began diverting water from across the state into the valley, which is technically a desert, the viability of the land there has been on a slow crash-course toward collapse. Irrigation-based crop systems, it turns out, which dominate the San Joaquin Valley where some 1.75 million acres of farmland exist, leach toxins, salts and other substances out of the ground, where they build up over time.
If you’re wondering why this is a big deal, consider that the Central Valley provides more than 25 percent of the nation’s food.
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