Waste not, want not

05/11/2014 11:05 AM

05/12/2014 8:56 AM

Re "California almond farmers face a drought struggle" (Business, May 11): Perhaps unwittingly, but certainly graphically, the editors of The Bee perfectly illustrated why California farmers are hurting for water. Everyone should be able to look at the two pictures they used to accompany the story about almonds being at risk on the back side of Section A and connect the dots between wasteful use of water and any water shortage.

Using sprinkler systems to water trees is incredibly inefficient due to the water lost through evaporation. Farmers should take heed of the lessons learned by people like Shahar Caspir - featured in last month's article "Views on Food: Outsmarting the drought" - and move to less wasteful ways of irrigation before complaining about lack of water supplies.

-- Doug Neville, Roseville

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