As I drove north yesterday across California’s Central Valley, perhaps the most fertile region in the country, I saw these signs sprouting up everywhere.
Wondered if they were referring to something reader to which Peter Hughes alerted me two weeks ago when he e-mailed me a link to Sean Hannity’s interview with comedian Paul Rodriguez. That funny man, whose mother and family farm in the San Joaquin Valley (the southern part of the Central Valley), has spoken out as federal authorities, under the cloak of the Endangered Species Act, have “shut down vital pumps to farmers to help preserve” the delta smelt, a two-inch minnow.
This government action is costing many farmers their livelihood. As it prevents them from farming their land, it means the overall harvest decreases which means less food for all of us which means higher prices.
Oh, yeah, and if there’s less food, more people go hungry. All to save a tiny minnow. And I bet there are better ways to save this species, less costly to our own.