Why Minnesotans should care about the California drought in 2 startling infographics

When you hear about the California drought, your eyes probably glaze over, you immediately think that this doesn't pertain to me and you turn to other "more important" local topics. But what you may not realize is that the worst drought in California history is affecting us all, but it has been a little hazy trying to show you just how… until now. A website called Mother Jones did some digging, and with the help of the California Department of Food & Agriculture along with the Water Resources Department and a host of other agencies, they were able to put the drought into perspective for all Americans who think this won't affect them. Did you know that much of the fresh produce and nuts you find in your local supermarket come from California? In fact, more than half of all U.S. fresh produce comes from the state. Obviously other states have the monopoly on some fresh items like citrus in Florida, peaches in Georgia and Colorado, and potatoes in Idaho. But fresh produce is as key of a player in California as hockey is in Minnesota. You get the picture? So, when you see those supermarket prices skyrocket over the summer… you can blame the lack of water in California…

Where your food comes from according to the 2012 numbers…

 

The amount of water it takes for each plant to reach maturity in the U.S. if using only irrigated water…

 


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