To prepare for the layoffs many food lines have been set up and are prepared to stay running during the winter. The Endangered Species Act will cause collateral damage. For every $1 spent on the farmer approximately $7 is spent in town. These effects will hurt not only workers, but the government and schools as well.
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The Endangered Species Act doe not just affect the farmers, but is a threat to the economy too. There is potential for widespread layoffs. America could be at risk as California produces majority of the nuts, fruits and vegetables in the nation. This impact goes further than the valley.
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The California water shortage has been a problem since 2009 and has only been getting worse. There is great uncertainty in the future. Many do not see the need for balance with the water restriction laws. People need to realize farmers are environmentalists too.
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The constant reduction of water deliveries in California are not just hurting operations. The pain goes further. Without the needed water California will have to bring in food from other countries. Many of these countries do not have the regulations we do to grow healthy food.
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The water pumps that have been shut off due to the Endangered Species Act have enough water to produce crops on 200,000 acres of land. With water levels being at a record low a more than average rainfall must happen this winter or there will be zero water deliveries. Everyone across the nation will be affected by this.
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With up to 400,000 acres potentially not being planted, Latino farm workers are the first to experience unemployment. The job loss is already noticeable. Not only will their families suffer in California, but they will suffer in Mexico as well. Employees will no longer have enough money to send remittance to their loved ones.
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Many Latino workers came to California for a better life. They have worked many years to be able to finally send their children to college. If no federal water is delivered in 2014 workers are in danger of not only losing their jobs, but their houses too. 2014 is looking to be a devastating year.
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The Endangered Species Act is contributing to a large water crisis in California. Listen to the first part of a series of 8 to learn how 2014 may be a devastating year for California and more.
Up to 400,000 acres of land devoted to crops in the Central San Joaquin Valley may lay idle this winter and early spring due to the possibility of zero water allocations. This low water allocation has been put in place due to the Endangered Species Act. This act is not only affecting farmers and growers, but workers and their families too. To many 2014 is not looking bright.
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