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[商业新闻] 2014-02-12&02-14 美国加州遇百年干旱 粮食价格将上涨

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Water. We drink it, we wash with it, and we use it to grow our food. In California, it's running out - the historic drought in the West now being felt in grocery stores around the country.

On the left, that's what California is supposed to look like. That's one year ago. On the right, that's how it looks today. That's right. Two thirds of the state is classified as being in extreme or exceptional drought. These are the most serious categories. If it continues, it will be the worst draught in 130 year.

This will hurt you even if you don't live in California. Why? California's 80,000 farms produce nearly half of U.S. grown fruits, nuts and vegetables – that’s more than any other state in the country. And some of those things you put in your grocery cart, you can't get it anywhere else.

90% of the nation's supply almonds, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, artichokes, dates, figs, raisin, olives, and pomegranates, they all come from California - many of them water intensive and water is in short supply.

And it's not just grains. Wine, beef, dairy could all face price pressures-price increases.

A vegetable crop specialist at UC Riverside Mill McGiffin told us this drought could hike produce prices 10% over the next few months.

The lawmakers are preparing Emergency Relief Bill but what the farmers need is rain.
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