Rita F. Silva: Stop making farmers the bad guys

January 8, 2014 

This is in reply to responses to the letter written by my husband, David Silva, about water allocation. We never said farmers should get all of the water, or that duck clubs and refuges should get no water. We simply feel that everyone should get the same deal.

If the drought continues, there is a good chance West Side farmers will get no water this year. This means the workers who plant, grow and harvest our crops and produce our dairy and beef products will be unemployed. The truckers who haul it, the people who process it and the stores that sell it will all suffer. There are also the people who provide the seed, fertilizer, pesticides and more that farmers, dairymen and beef growers need to produce the food. We are not talking about a small group, but the entire Valley economy. Do you really want to depend on other countries for your food?

I do not buy produce not grown in America because I don’t know how it is grown or what is sprayed on it. We have strict standards here that a lot of other countries don’t have. The Central Valley Project should serve everyone and everyone should get the same deal. If you want to continue to have a supply of cheap, healthy food, it’s time to stop making the farmers the bad guys.

RITA F. SILVA

Los Banos

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