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NASA: The U.S. is headed for a disaster not seen 1,000 years 

A new study, compiled by scientists from the space agency, Cornell University and Columbia University, predicts an 80% chance that the Great Plains and the American Southwest will endure a major weather
shift beginning in 2050. 

“We really need to start thinking in longer-term horizons about how we’re going to manage it.”

Oh. Wonderful. 

Here’s how bad it really is:

California continued as the leading fresh market vegetable producing state in 2012, accounting for
44 percent of the U.S. harvested area, 48 percent of
the national production, and 50 percent of the value,

for the 24 selected vegetables and melons estimated. ..

California also led the nation in processing vegetable production during 2012, with 25 percent of the
U.S. harvested acreage, 70 percent of the national
production
and 51 percent of the total value, for the
eight processed vegetables estimated.” – http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/statistics/pdfs/2013/VegetableandMelon.pdf

“California accounts for 65 percent of the U.S. non-citrus fruit and nut production and 73
percent of the national value. Of the citrus crops,
California accounts for 30 percent of the U.S. citrus
production
and 42 percent of the national value…

California grapes accounted for over 90 percent of the United States
utilized grape production
in 2012. California
is the top raisin producer in the world
. Crops
with record California production in 2012 were
mandarins, pistachios, strawberries, and wine
grapes. California accounted for all or nearly all
the national production of almonds, dates, figs,
kiwifruit, olives, Clingstone peaches, pistachios,
dried plums, raisins, and walnuts.

The United States is among the top producers and consumers of fruit and tree nuts in the world. The
typical American consumes around 286 pounds of
fruit and tree nuts (fresh and processed products)
each year. Oranges, grapes, apples, and bananas
are the most popular fruit while almonds,
walnuts, and pecans are the most preferred
tree nuts. Per capita consumption of fruits and
tree nuts is the third-largest among major food
groups, after dairy products and vegetables. 

The nation’s largest fruit producing states are
California, Florida and Washington. California
accounts for over half of the harvested fruit
acreage in the country.
” – http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/statistics/pdfs/2013/FruitandNut.pdf

“California growers planted 225,000 acres of American Pima cotton… In 2012, California produced approximately 6.56 million tons of alfalfa hay, valued at $1.38 billion … Rice plantings decreased by 4 percent, with 561,000 acres planted in 2012… Wheat was planted on 750,000 acres and 445,000 were harvested for grain” –  http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/statistics/pdfs/2013/FieldCrops.pdf

“Since 1993, when it surpassed Wisconsin in milk production, California has been the nation’s leading
dairy state
…  California ranked number one in the U.S. in the production of fluid milk, butter
and nonfat dry milk
. California was second in
total cheese production
behind Wisconsin…  California’s dairies produced 41.8 billion pounds of milk, accounting for nearly 21 percent of the
nation’s milk supply
.”- http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/statistics/pdfs/2013/LivestockandDairy.pdf

” California is the nation’s sole exporter of many agricultural commodities, supplying
99 percent or more of the following: almonds,
artichokes, dates, figs, grapes (raisins), kiwifruit,
olives, peaches (Clingstone), pistachios, plums
(dried), pomegranates, rice (sweet), seed (Ladino
Clover), and walnuts.” – http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/statistics/pdfs/2013/AgStatsOverview.pdf

If You Think the Water Crisis Can’t Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are DrainedCalifornia drought driving the depletion of irreplaceable groundwater

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