Who keeps buying California’s scarce water? Saudi Arabia

DroughtFour hours east of Los Angeles, in a drought-stricken area of a drought-afflicted state, is a small town called Blythe where alfalfa is king. More than half of the town’s 94,000 acres are bushy blue-green fields growing the crop.

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Massive industrial storehouses line the southern end of town, packed with thousands upon thousands of stacks of alfalfa bales ready to be fed to dairy cows – but not cows in California’s Central Valley or Montana’s rangelands.

Instead, the alfalfa will be fed to cows in Saudi Arabia.

The storehouses belong to Fondomonte Farms, a subsidiary of the Saudi Arabia-based company Almarai – one of the largest food production companies in the world. The company sells milk, powdered milk and packaged items such as croissants, strudels and cupcakes in supermarkets and corner stores throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and in specialty grocers throughout the US.

Each month, Fondomonte Farms loads the alfalfa on to hulking metal shipping containers destined to arrive 24 days later at a massive port stationed on the Red Sea, just outside King Abdullah City in Saudi Arabia. …

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  1. Why has this been allowed to happen as resident citizens are paying skyrocketing water bills, many of whom are trying to live on their retirement income that is losing value daily.

    • showandtell says

      Check and see if in your city they overcharge on water and put the surplus $$$ in their general fund, as they do in my city. It may be difficult to find out if they are doing it, because obviously if they are doing it they don’t want you to know they are doing it.
      It’s a tax that’s not called a tax that is likely being used to fund overpromised and underfunded pension liabilities.

  2. Follow the money.

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