The West Coast has been in a persistent drought for the past 15 years. California, which grows more than 200 different crops, is being hit the hardest.=This year, about 500 million of acres of California’s’ land is expected to be taken out of production. The consequence: higher produce prices for all Americans.
Timothy Richards, a professor of agribusiness at Arizona State University, conducted research that predicted that 10 to 20 percent of California’s crops could be lost. On top of that, the threat of a megadrought, which can span over two decades, could result in a major economic crisis.