blender61: theflatline: blender61: theflatline: Gawdzila: 30yrs2l8: I wonder how we have allowed 50% of the nations fruit and produce be to grown in a state that doesn't have its own adequate water supply?Largely because California's high quality arable land, year-round growing climate, and variety of microclimates enable it to either get much higher yields for most crops, or to grow lots of things that other states really simply cannot grow effectively. It's a reasonable arrangement to maximize the production from our available resources, assuming you aren't interested in engaging in some kind of ineffectual state-d*ck-waving contest like Smeggy Smurf up there.You realize most of South America falls in high quality ariable land, microclimates, and has plenty of fresh water going fo it? And many companies are setting up huge vegetable grow ops there?what is the price of jet fuel these days?Just how much are you willing/able to pay for a tomato?Cargo ships my friend, you might have heard of them. Tomatos are already expensive, so I imagine if I can get bananas for 1-1.50 an lb from South America, they can do us a better deal on tomatoes as well.Ah cargo ships, good point, never heard of them.Most things don't ship a well as bananas. If you have ever tasted a real, not picked rock green banana you might not be so gung ho about a product shipped from a continent away.Hot house tomatoes from the EU or Israel suck compared to the real thing. They were developed to ship well, not taste good.Mexican tomatoes, they use pesticides/herbicides that were banned long ago in the U.S.The invention of the refrigerated box car changed how America ate.I'ts not just "salad bowl" stuff. It's the wine, cotton, fruit, nuts, corn, rice citrus, melons. You eat what we grow.
The Southern Dandy: See, California is basically SF and LA, surrounded by Alabama. I'm betting the snow hauling guy is from the Alabama part of California.
ytterbium: Lest anyone forgets, there is a compact amongst the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Waterways, USA and Canada, that no one can take our water. I believe MI is prepared to use military force if needed.
30yrs2l8: I wonder how we have allowed 50% of the nations fruit and produce be to grown in a state that doesn't have its own adequate water supply? Talk about stupid. If Cali doesn't get water from the surrounding sates we all take it in the a$$ every time we buy food.
StopLurkListen: //not sure if serious
theflatline: You might have missed the post where I lived in Colombia... You cannot go a day without banana in some form being fed to you. Banano Criollo are the best but are not exported because they are not pretty.
Gawdzila: Eddie Adams from Torrance: If only California were located near some large body of water.Of course, that would be of no use unless you had abundant sunshine for desalinization.Or some nice sheets of graphene.Abundant sunshine or no, current desalination techniques are too energy-inefficient to be practical on such a large scale for anything but a last resort. California is responsible for too much of the country's produce to fulfill our water needs using flash or RO desalination. New nano-filters would change that, though.
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