#AceFoodNews – UNITED STATES (California) – July 29 – Olives trees have a lot to offer the United States. One of those things is water — and this year, as California dries to a shrivelled crisp, water is looking especially important reports Grist.
Most olives grown around the world have no irrigation.
The trees are built for drought: They have narrow, waxy, abstemious leaves. They have evolved biological tricks for going dormant when things get too dry; they hunker down and then spring back when the rains come. These skills are appealing to farmers, especially ones who have recently ripped out a drought-ravaged orchard, thereby walking away from a 20-year investment.
It’s nearly impossible to say whether California’s drought is linked to climate change. Current models suggest that the state could actually get a little wetter, but they also suggest hotter summers and greater extremes.
When the droughts do come, they are going to be serious.