Drought: Time to downsize

02/01/2014 3:02 PM

02/03/2014 10:38 AM

Re Drought: Mother Nature, in her sunnier than usual frame of mind, has dealt the western states a less than perfect rain/snow year.

We can't blame Mother though as she has been treated rather poorly in the past years. With no rain falling and deliveries at the lowest point in history, we need to make plans for the future. What homeowners in the south should expect is a building moratorium. What they will do in the near future is hard to figure.

Mega farming must be curtailed to keep farming alive in California. It's time to give nature some hope by encouraging small local organic farms. Row crops could be grown in smaller quantities, nuts and tree crops would continue, but cattle ranching is of the past. Downsizing is here. Birds and bees will thank us.

-- Kathy Mast, Sacramento

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