As we are battling unpredictable snowstorms here and there in Michigan, Californians are complaining there being too warm, too much sunshine. This is thanks to the severe drought that has been affecting the western United States for months on end.
The lack of rain, the warm winter is hurting a lot more than it may seem.
On the policy end, people are realizing that water supply is a real concern and would like to take matter into their own hands. Recently, “Thousands of farmers in drought-stricken California are rallying this week in opposition to regulations that have frozen water supplies across the state.” The Californian people have long wanted to slash their dependence on water supply from outside sources and increase their own supplies. Currently, the cities are purchasing water from wholesalers, but they are hoping to invest in regional water plant for themselves, in the near future. 
This drought not only affects the lives of Californians but also the economy as a whole.
Californian rep. mentioned that tens of thousands of people are looking at out of a job, “We’re probably going to have upwards of five, six, seven hundred thousand acres of farm ground that’s going to be out of production.”
Zoning out of the Californian region, this drought will have an impact on every single American by the way it affects the commodities.
“You’re not going to grow anything with zero water, whether it’s the lettuce that goes into your In-N-Out burger, whether it’s the tomatoes that you use for your salsa, whether it’s the nuts that you use for your health food — all of that gets impacted here,” Mario Santoyo, executive director of the California Latino Water Coalition, said.
According to Wall Street Journal data, this past month we saw the biggest month-over-month rise in food prices since September 2011, for everything from meat and poultry to dairy and eggs. There was also a report released Tuesday by the Department of Agriculture that said food prices are expected to rise 2.5 to 3.5 percent this year over 2013 levels.
Droughts, with its severe weather events, have longer lasting impact on the economy than on the land. When this drought is over and when the rain drops, Americans will have to embrace the fact that the commodities prices shot up and the commodities futures market has changed.
“California supplies nearly 90 percent of the nation’s strawberries, she added, which means that next year’s harvest could feel a big impact.” Yikes, I will miss those strawberries.