Americans living in the sun-baked states plagued by drought certainly feel its impact. And, yes, consumers across the country are paying more for food because of the lack of rain.
But what may bring the drought's severity home to more people is an idea from Wayne Tucker, founder of BIO S.I. Technology, which makes microbial soil inoculants that help increase the efficiency of water and nutrients used in agriculture.
Tucker would like to reduce the strain on food brought on by the drought with a return to an idea from the days of World War II, when people at home grew their own vegetables and fruits to make up for war-time shortages.
"I think having victory gardens, like those in the war, would help," he said. "That would be one way to solve the lack of water and ease the pressure on farmers."
Other experts say the drought, now going on three years in some areas with no sign of letting up, is likely to have more impact as time goes on.
"More of us are going to feel the effects of water shortages and fewer crops," said Lynn Wilson, an academic chair at Kaplan University and an environmental researcher. "We're going to have to think differently to solve this problem."