Showcasing California's Central Valley, Westlands uses documentary photography to examine the danger drought and water policies represent to farming. The valley has been a productive food-growing region for decades, but water shortages and complicated laws have placed the region's farms--and subsequently its communities and culture--in precarious conditions. Moving beyond simplified narratives of environmentalist versus farmer or government versus worker, Westlands reveals the complex story of fragile ecosystems, a growing population, and the need for social responsibility and sustainable solutions. The lessons suggested in these breathtaking photographs apply not just to California but to worldwide conversations about water usage and rights.
Marvelous photographs and narrative tell of the likely loss of the nation's leading vegetable production region. Bad policy decisions and missed opportunities are leaving farmers, farmworkers, and communities in the dust.'--Don Villajero, founder of the California Institute for Rural Studies
The Natural History of Water
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