Drought relief plan
by Elizabette Guecamburu | For the Patterson Irrigator
Mar 25, 2014 | 1610 views | 0 0 comments | 175 175 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In case you hadn't noticed, we're in the middle of a drought. This season has been so dry that if it weren't for the showers we had a few weeks ago, I would have forgotten what rain sounds like. Even my dog seemed shocked by the notion that water could actually fall from the sky.

From all the news reports, it seems this drought is very serious. In addition to municipalities being asked to reduce water usage, farmers in the Patterson area are having their irrigation allotments slashed— which could hamper our local economy. As the daughter and granddaughter of farmers, I know that agriculture needs water. So, it should come as no surprise that national and local news agencies are reporting that the drought could affect the food supply— resulting in higher prices nationwide.

On a personal level, the concept of a reduced food supply freaks me out. I mean, I really, really like to eat. In fact, when I'm not eating, I'm thinking about eating. I wish I could say that I'm exaggerating, but I'm not.

It’s clear that I needed to distract myself from this current drought situation. The other day I decided to download a new game onto my iPad—which is my second favorite hobby (after eating, obviously). There are many games and apps to choose from, so it took me a while to settle upon one. But then I found it—the most amazing game… The game I have been waiting my entire life to play.

It's a digital farming game. They give you a farm and you can earn points from raising digital crops and animals. Do you want an example of how truly amazing it is? Only a minute and fifty-eight seconds after planting wheat seeds, you can harvest a fully-grown crop. Without fertilizing or irrigating. It's a miracle of modern science!

I think this is our answer to the drought crisis. Why should we bother with farming when we can digitally farm, instead? I’m certain that digital food would taste just as good as the real thing. We should have thought of this sooner. In fact, in the time it took you to read this column, I digitally harvested a whole field of carrots, milked five cows, and still had time to check my email.

You can thank me later.

Elizabette Guecamburu, volunteer columnist for the Irrigator, is a writer and a native Patterson resident. She can be reached at eguecamburu@gmail.com.
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