<p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">One of the biggest issues in food availability in the coming months and years will be the crippling droughts that are affecting California. &#160;In recent weeks there have been numerous news stories reporting on mandated water use reductions for households and industry.</span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">Some pretty scary statistics are coming out of California.&#160; Things like: &#8220;Right now the state only has about one year left in its reservoirs&#8221; and &#8220;in some areas of the Central Valley, the land is sinking by one foot or more per year&#8221;.</span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">California is the top food-producing state for the US and here in Western Canada, much of our food is imported from California as well.&#160; Citrus, tree nuts and greens (in the winter) are almost all coming from California.&#160; The drought could impact availability and drive up food prices in a way that is hard to fathom.</span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">This is among many reasons why we are so fiercely committed to investing in farmers and farms closer to home. &#160;Hot house operations like <a href="http://www.origino.ca/" target="_blank">Origin Organics</a> provide a viable alternative to California produce and by giving them a strong market, we are signaling to them that we want to see them succeed and last.</span></p> <p class="bodycopy"><span lang="EN-US">We cannot predict the future, but we can make informed decisions that will shape what our future looks like.&#160; Choose Organic, choose local and you choose to Grow Better Together.&#160;&#160;</span></p>