Walnuts. Dates. Olives. Artichokes. Just a few of the many U.S. crops grown almost exclusively in California.
Much of the state has a Mediterranean climate ideal for growing fruits, nuts and vegetables – a climate found in only four other places in the world.
California's vibrant cities and natural landscapes – from Pacific beaches to rugged mountains and verdant valleys in between – have attracted new residents for decades.
It's now the nation's most populous and fastest growing state. But the popularity comes at a price.
In the last 25 years, California has paved over more than a million acres of land, much of it prime farmland. What's worse, the state's urban areas contain less than 10 people for every acre developed – the very definition of low-density urban sprawl. If current trends continue, another two million acres will be lost by 2050.
We're losing irreplaceable farm and ranch land that grows many of our nation's most beloved foods. We need to act now.