California’s Drought and U.S. Food Prices

A horse stands in a field of dried grass on July 15, 2014 in Woodacre, California, as the severe drought continues to worsen.   - Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A horse stands in a field of dried grass on July 15, 2014 in Woodacre, California, as the severe drought continues to worsen.

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California’s Drought and U.S. Food Prices

California supplies a sizable majority of the fruits, vegetables and nuts in the U.S. But the state is suffering through the third year of a devastating drought.

California supplies a sizable majority of the fruits, vegetables and nuts in the U.S. But the state is suffering through the third year of a devastating drought. Coping with the water scarcity could cost California more than two billion dollars this year alone. Farmers struggle to adapt, as hundreds of thousands of acres now lay fallow. With no drought relief in sight, questions persist about how the crisis could impact the cost of produce. What the continued drought in California could mean for our food and our wallets.

Guests

Richard Howitt

professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at University of California, Davis. He is the lead author on a new drought impact study from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

Alan Bjerga

reporter for Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C. focused on agricultural policy and commodities.

Veronica Nigh

economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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