42 bookmarks. First posted by jace 18 days ago.
Mark Arax: "I’m headed to the valley’s deep south, to a little farmworker town in a far corner of Kern County called Lost Hills. This is where the biggest irrigated farmer in the world — the one whose mad plantings of almonds and pistachios have triggered California’s nut rush — keeps on growing, no matter drought or flood. He doesn’t live in Lost Hills. He lives in Beverly Hills. How has he managed to outwit nature for so long?"california infrastructure longform 2018_mixbook_contender
7 days ago by jbushnell
This is a story about a single farmer— or, rather, a businessman who has invested heavily in farms, and the difference is in some ways the point— named Stewart Resnick. His company, Wonderful, has a near-lock on the market for pistachios and almonds, and more or less created the one for pomegranate juice. It's also a story about agriculture in the United States as a whole, about the West and what it means, about class and the very rich, about work and workers and the U.S. immigration system, and most of all about water and the ways it is used, and what happens when it is gone. (I thought continually here of David Owen's <a href="Link: http://a.co/hgODfPi"><strong><em>Where the Water Goes</em></strong></a>, which I wrote about a few months ago). If I felt more pedantic, I might also say that it's about the consequences of commodifying everything. In any case, it's a big, long piece with a lot in it, and more than worth the time.agriculture farming water environment business labor class
9 days ago by johnmfrench