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Historic drought threatens California farms supplying much US food

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Reedley (United States) (AFP) – In the valleys of central California, the search for water has turned into an all-out obsession as the region suffers through a drought that could threaten the US food supply. Residents have watched with dismay as verdant fields have turned into brown, dusty plains, leaving shriveled trees, dying plants and exasperated farmers.  Much of California, and of the broader US West, has suffered through years of lighter-than-usual precipitation and a particularly dry winter. State and local authorities, fearful that there may not be enough water for city dwellers or wi…

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