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Troubling View From the Oasis: California's Abundance May Be a Mirage 

Wednesday, Mar 5 2014

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The rains will most likely come back, maybe even this season. (National Weather Service officials refer to a deluge of rain at the tail-end of the rainy season as a "miracle March.") In San Francisco, the threat of myopia is high. The city needs to look beyond its bubble and think beyond the next trip to the supermarket, as the people who live and work and grow food outside of it already do.

"[Farmers] are the conduit, the connectors, from the pastures to the plate. This is a very important time for people to really assess where their purchase dollars are going," says David Evans of Marin Sun Farms, the grass-fed beef company. "The price of meat is going up. Look what you're influencing with your purchase, look for companies that have the values that you believe in. If you support people who are thinking that way, you will be supporting those missions and the future productivity of our landscape."

As the rains fall and the reservoirs fill up and the pastures become green again, we'll all gradually forget this dry season, even the ones who have been the most impacted by it; that's human nature. Those in the water industry are fond of a quote from John Steinbeck, no stranger to the whims of nature during his childhood in the Salinas Valley: "And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way."

About The Author

Anna Roth

Anna Roth

Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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