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There is a Hunger Coming Like a Run-Away Freight Train: Created by Congress

Posted by truthpills on 2009/07/30

July 25, 2009
Clint Richardson

I’ve driven the almost 400 mile stretch of Interstate 5 from L.A. to Sacramento dozens of times. Quite honestly, it’s as boring as it gets with only the usual gas stations, mini-marts, fast-food, home-cookin’ restaurants, and strangely a newer batch of Starbuck’s Coffee shops sprouting up everywhere. In between… farms, orchards, cattle, and dirt.

On July 15th, as I began my trip to Utah, I came off the Grapevine decline and hit the flat 250 or so mile stretch of interstate which begins the farming belt in the valley. Almost immediately I noticed what I had only heard about on the radio and in the papers. Where once there were vast fields of green, now there where empty, barely recognizable rows of unplanted dirt and growing weeds. Only sporadically at first, but once I passed Bakersfield and for about a 200 mile stretch, I could not believe my eyes. Field after field laid fallow. And not really fallow, but unattended… as if it was not going to be planted in the near future either.

Signs were staked in the ground on almost every patch of barren farmland. The most common one, which was yellow and obviously a group effort to wake up the sleeping travelers of their future plight, read:

“CONGRESS CREATED DUST BOWL”

Others, which looked more homemade were posted on non-operational farm equipment parked as close to the freeway as possible, stated things like:

“FOOD ONLY GROWS WHERE WATER FLOWS” -and- “NO WATER = NO JOBS = NO FUTURE”
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