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• The New Food Economy writes of a new report saying that in order to save the state of California's aquifers and conserve water, precious crop and farmlands will have to be let go.
• How can philanthropists support more innovative agriculture methods? What will happen to these abandoned farmlands?
A new report suggests that farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley region, who account for half the state’s agricultural output, will need to severely limit their water use if the Golden State’s groundwater resources are to be conserved.
That’s according to the Public Policy Institute of California, a San Francisco-based non-profit that has offered what could be the first comprehensive look at how the whole state can replenish its overtaxed aquifer system. Saving the state’s groundwater, says the Institute’s director, Ellen Panak, will require extroardinary measures: Namely, letting hundreds of thousands of acres of arable land lie fallow in one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world.
Read the full article on California's abandoning prized farmland by Sam Bloch at The New Food Economy