California's farmers living a fantasy wealth

Published: Monday, May. 12, 2014 - 10:05 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 13, 2014 - 10:44 am

Re "Almonds at risk in drought" (Page A1, May 11): Given California's current drought, it appears that many of the almond farmers took a huge gamble when they were setting out to plant their gold mine. Being a farmer is risky, but planting a farm where there are fewer water resources is almost suicidal. Farmers know the risk but still pour in thousands of dollars hoping to get millions out of it.

At the end of the day, the profit is the prize. It seems more like these farmers are opportunistic businessmen who had a bad turn after they ran out of resources while in the middle of exploiting the land. A concern is the unpredictable water resources that California gets each year.

It's not just farmers who are suffering but businesses and consumers as well. If farmers keep living on this fantasy wealth, we all suffer.

-- Cindy, Sacramento

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