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January 23, 2014

California drought could trigger food inflation

A lack of rainfall in California could have a nationwide impact on food prices. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the state produces almost half of U.S.-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. California produces about one-eighth of the nation’s total farming output. The state accounts for more than 90 percent of the U.S. production of artichokes, broccoli, celery, almonds, grapes, walnuts and other crops.
A drought could lead to the loss of crops. The state’s water managers say unless there are strong storms in the next few months, they may only be able to provide 5 percent of the water needed for the nearly 1 million acres of irrigated farmland. Read More

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