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Lost In the Valley of Excess

California’s wealthiest growers, poorest workers, and the water between them…

Roberto Guerra A newcomer arriving into California’s San Joaquin Valley – the most lucrative and industrialized agricultural region in the United States – might think that the entire place is burning. On the horizon in all directions the brown hue of the air suggests a distant fire. As the traveler advances along, say, Highway 99, the fire appears to peel away, a deep stain floating off in the distance, as if forever…
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by: John Gibler – Winter 2011

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