California’s $50 billion agricultural sector supplies two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts and more than a third of America’s vegetables — the tomatoes, pistachios, grapes and strawberries that line grocery store shelves from coast to coast.
A recent article in the NY Times alerts us to the dilemma farmers are facing in California due to water shortages. A California farmer decides it makes better business sense to sell his water than to grow rice. An almond farmer considers uprooting his trees to put up solar panels. Drought and heat are transforming the state, with broad consequences for the American food supply.
Glimpses of that future are evident now. Vast stretches of land are fallow because there’s no water.
CAREnergy’s Dr. Janice Ryan-Bohac gives a solution:
It’s time for California farmers in Central Valley to switch to drought and heat tolerant crops. Instead of growing alfalfa on sprinklers, flood irrigating silage corn, and potatoes that require high levels of water, the California dairy industry and vegetable farmers can switch to our CAREnergy patented Energy Tuber for Food, Fuel, and Feed from the same feedstock. In over 10 years of testing in the Central Valley CAREnergy has shown this heat loving, water thrifty crop can transform more CO2 per acre than any other temperate crop into a high-quality protein for food and beverages, starchy tubers to replace potatoes, and vines for greens and animal forage.
All that is needed is the capital to commercialize this high yielding sustainably produced crop.
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