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Almond Agriculture and profits doing OK – Peoples drinking water; not so much

What’s wrong with these headlines?

Water Deeply’s Toxic Taps series looks at the root causes of the safe drinking water crisis in California, how communities are organizing for change and what more needs to be done. Many communities in the state lack clean, safe drinking water; some have done so for many years.

On the other hand, in stark contrast to the dreadful outlook for people. California’s 2017 almond forecast tells a different story of water use. The National Agricultural Statistics Service survey of almond growers suggests 2017 crop at 2.2 billion pounds as reported by Western Farm Press.

This isn’t just about California, or folks in the Central Valley –  it’s about water justice for all in the American West.

Photo Credit: John Locher

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