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No, Not the Avocados!

My friends, it’s a dark day. The avocados are being threatened. Water restrictions in California are slicing into avocado groves—sigh. Deborah Schoch of The Los Angeles Times reports:
Less than two months after a mandatory 30% cutback in agricultural water deliveries, some Southern California growers have begun "stumping" hundreds of healthy, well-nurtured avocado trees, putting them out of production for the next one to three years to leave more water for the rest of their trees.


Their actions represent the downside of a water deal between area farmers and the region's water wholesaler, the Metropolitan Water District. Over the years, thousands of farmers signed up for a program that gave them discounted water in return for their willingness to be first in line for a water cutback.

This winter is payback time.

For the first time since the program started in 1995, farmers must reciprocate for years of discounts. The MWD cut their water deliveries by 30% on Jan. 1 because of the regional shortage caused by last year's record dry weather, an eight-year drought in the Colorado River Basin and a court order protecting the endangered smelt in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta.
No! Don’t stump my avocados. What an atrocity. How can they do this? Oh no, you can witness the horror in action. Oh I can’t bear to look:


Please. Put the chain saw down! Egad:


Save the avocados! Save them now! With the avocados strained, how will we make all these delicious creations:
Very Veggie Salad
15 ounces or 10 cups mixed greens or baby salad greens
1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 avocado, cubed
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
left over steamed vegetables (optional)
1/2 15-ounce can lentils, drained, or 1 cups cooked lentils
2 medium carrots, grated
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dressing of choice
Distribute greens, vegetables (except carrots), and lentils on dinner plates. Then distribute grated carrots. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and pour dressing over salads.
Got Greens Smoothie
3 ounces fresh organic baby spinach
2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple cubes
3 kiwis
1/2 avocado
1 banana
Blend all ingredients in a Vita-Mix or other powerful blender until smooth and creamy.
Alright, something has to be done. This looks like a job for—SUPER GERRY!
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