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How does agriculture fit into Colorado River water talks?

Coalition response…California farmers who grow food using Colorado River water provide a significant portion of the nation’s fresh fruits and vegetables during certain times of the year. Selecting the right crop to grow depends on a number of factors, including whether or not there is a market for it. It’s pointless to plant a crop that uses less water if it can’t be sold. Some might consider that even more wasteful. 

Ongoing discussions regarding the supply of Colorado River water must include farmers and the public water agencies that deliver water to the farms. Reducing the amount of water used in California to grow food may ultimately have an impact on the amount of fresh, local food products at the grocery store.

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