Despite the strain of prolonged drought, in 2014, California farms sold $54 billion worth of crops like almonds or grapes, and animal products like milk.
California has roughly 7.5 million acres of farmland, and roughly 620,000 acres of land are expected to be fallowed in California this year. Read the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/13/us/california-announces-restrictions-on-water-use-by-farmers.html?_r=0
There are 110 water bottling plants in California, and according to the International Water Board Association (IWBA), these plants bottle about 3.1 billion gallons of water annually. Bottled water is exported out of the state and country. Read the full article: http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/26/news/companies/california-bottled-water-drought/
California farmers produce more than a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts. To do that, they use nearly 80 percent of all the water consumed in the state. The portions of foods shown in the NYTimes interactive are grown in California and represent what average Americans, including non-Californians, eat in a week.
There is nothing normal about the fourth year of the great drought: According to climate scientists, it may be the worst arid spell in 1,200 years.