How Congress Created Californias’ Dust Bowl

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 enough a newer batch of Starbuck’s Coffee shops sprouting up everywhere, yet in the middle of nowhere. In between… farms, orchards, cattle, and dirt.

On July 15th, as I began my trip to Sacramento, 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 – the bread basket of America. Almost immediately I noticed what I had only heard about on the radio and in the papers, and had dismissed. Where once there were vast fields of green, now there where empty, barely recognizable rows of un-planted dirt and growing weeds: only sporadically at first, but once I passed Bakersfield and for about a 200 mile stretch going north, I could not believe my eyes. Field after field lay fallow: yet not really fallow, but unattended and full of weeds… as if they were not going to be planted in the near future either.

Signs were staked in the ground on almost every patch of barren farmland, quite visible to passing traffic. These were but small, silent protests by these silenced farmers. The most common one, which was yellow and obviously a group effort to wake up the sleeping travelers of their future plight, read:


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



At one point, after 100 miles or so of seeing this horror, I broke down in tears and had to pull over to the side of the road. I saw the aqueduct – which followed Interstate 5 most of the way on its desolate path through central California – and the large fields of dead trees which were planted just a few feet from the flowing cement river. I imagined how those trees would feel, imprisoned in the dying dirt by their own roots, if they could indeed comprehend that their source of life was just a seeds throw away. It was like some horrific storybook come to life: science fiction in real time. I was thinking of the farmers and their families and wondering what would become of them and their land. I was thinking about the consequences of hundreds of miles, perhaps millions of acres of food no longer being grown, and adding together other states and cities like Campo, Colorado which have the same situation… only planting about 60% of their crops this year.

This deadness went on until the brink of civilization once again began to show. When I approached the Stockton/Modesto highway interchange area the carnage seemed to stop, and the fields appeared to be healthy and bountiful again. I can only guess that this is because more people drive on that stretch of the freeway, and so the powers that be are trying to keep up appearances. No other explanation came to mind.

To the readers of this, I can only say that living in the city has literally blinded me to the truth, even though I knew it was happening. I wonder how many other things I inadvertently ignore thanks to our medias corruption and lack of true investigative reporting? Many economists and trends predictors foreign and domestic have called for food shortages and food riots in the fall. And with what I saw last week, I have new reason to believe them.

But then, that’s the real problem isn’t it? Belief

If you believe that the food will continue to flow (magically appearing on store shelves in a grocery store near you) and just dismiss the very real claims of shortages worldwide, including a severe wheat shortage in this country due to a harmful fungus, then I might boldly say that you deserve whatever fate befalls you.

I challenge you all to take a drive up the 5 and see this for yourself. Please! Don’t let this go unseen. If you are camera or video savvy, I think it would be a really great photo exhibit or website showing the true nature of our common problem. And you better believe as you take your daily shower, flush your toilet, and water your fertilized-non-edible grassy yards, that this is indeed a Congress created crisis. So please tell as many people about it as possible.

Lastly, if you haven’t already… buy storable food! Go to the dollar store and buy rice and beans. Buy pasta, caned and jarred foods, or anything with a shelf life of more than 6 months.

What’s the worse that can happen? You’ll have food in 6 months.

What’s the best that can happen? You’ll have food in 6 months.

Take care. Spread this information. Get mad. Fight tyranny. And…

Don’t be a sheep!

Clint Richardson
Monday, July 20, 2009


Update: How Congress Actually Did Create This California Dust Bowl And A Soon-To-Be Realized Future Food Shortage.
September 15, 2009

I had a bunch of unexpected responses to this article… a few that knew what was going on, and most who didn’t. Honestly, I didn’t know the cause until I received the following information through a few email responses. Here’s a few video’s related to why this is a California, or more specifically a “Congress Created Drought”:

Doubt and skepticism are not an option here, I’m afraid…

Also, this is what someone else sent to me in an email, which tells me that this is not a lone incident – more part of a continuing plan or “conspiracy”: a plan for lobbying corporations (like Monsanto for instance) to purchase or take over the land for pennies on the dollar once farmers go out of business and abandon the dead fields (which would be desolate, worthless land without the government contracts for aqueduct water). The water might then be turned on again, and GMO crops planted instead. Just my opinion… Here’s the excerpt:

——-> “They used the same strategy in the Modesto area to rob farmers of water as they did in Klamath Falls, OR. First it was the Sucker Fish, then it was the Salmon. When people started waking up to the fact that Sucker Fish don’t like high water levels, and that they actually killed off more (Sucker Fish) by taking water from the farmers for them (Sucker Fish), they switched to saying it was because of the endangered Salmon. The Salmon statistics were manipulated to further the cause of stealing the water and getting rid of small farmers.

So, by wiping out small farmers, mega chemical companies like Monsanto, which only produce non-organic Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) foods and seeds, using highly poisonous pesticides (Round-Up Ready) and experimental gene-spliced crops (like spider-corn to produce spider silk with the corn, and trout-corn to make corn crops resistant to cold weather) will then buy the farms or farming land, passing legislature to force farms to use these (deadly disease causing) seeds and pesticides, and yet still use these crops as food. This coincides with both congressional bills H.R. 759, H.R. 875, and bill H.R. 2749, which basically outlaw organic farming, outlaw farmers markets and public gardens, and takes over the FDA (along with all of its regulatory powers) and replaces it with the new Federal “Food Safety Administration”.

*** Oh… and in July, President Obama stated in a speech to Africa, that he promised 3.5 billion dollars to Ghana, Africa – for the purposes of producing and EXPORTING food to America. The powers that be are destroying by design the agriculture and manufacturing industry in this county, while promising and delivering taxpayer money to foreign countries, forcing businesses to fold and turning this country into a totally import dependent, consumer based market.

This is why we have little economy or industry left in America, and nothing to support our own people except conglomerate mega-stores, which sell poorly manufactured, often toxic foreign imported goods, while putting local shops out of business.

How long will we stand for this?

How much will we take?

How long will we ignore the problem, which is our absolutely corrupt government?

And, how long will we be able to retain our independence from that government?

Here is a famous quote which should answer this last question:

He who controls the food, controls the world.”  – Henry Kissinger

-Clint Richardson (
September 15, 2009