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Public Responses



Oct 18, 2019

Environmentalists are excitedly selling suggestions for what to do with the most productive farmland on the planet when the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) forces hundreds of thousands of acres of food production out of business. Solar farms are one possibility, they say. Other options include converting farmland to uses that support wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation. The trillions of gallons of water that are flowing to the Pacific Ocean could easily be used for groundwater recharge and SGMA compliance, but we will be replacing our lost local food supply with foreign sources instead. Jobs, economic benefits, food safety, affordability, and quality will move out of California. In a drought year, we could be faced with importing a year’s worth of food for 45 million people.

Kristi Diener