My heart is breaking for the disaster victims.
According to this article from weather.com, the Morganza spillway may have saved thousands of lives in Baton Rouge and New Orleans (thank God) but we’re going to feel some heavy effects at the grocery store. Here’s the current tally:
In Northeastern Louisiana, the Mississippi flowed over the top of a sandbagged levee, decimating nearly 19 square miles (3,040 ACRES) of soybeans and corn.
More than 1,500 square miles (240,000 ACRES) of farmland in Arkansas, which produces about half of the nation’s rice, have been swamped over the past few weeks. In Missouri, more than 200 square miles (32,000 ACRES) of croplands were submerged after the levee was blown, damage that will probably exceed $100 million. More than 2,100 square miles (336,000 ACRES) could flood in Mississippi, swallowing up corn, cotton, rice and soybean fields.
Total – – 610,040 acres of crops.
At an average of 10.642 pounds of crops per acre, the current flood impacts = 6.5 BILLION pounds of food.
It bothers me that the numbers are being reported as square miles – it sounds less scary than 610,040 acres of crops. How’s your garden growing? I think I’m planting a few more square feet.
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