How has Israel transformed a country that is 60 percent desert into one of the most productive and profitable agricultural centers in the world?
Two words: irrigation technology.
Some of that technology will now be used to help California, which is facing such a severe drought that Gov. Jerry Brown recently declared a state of emergency.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting California this week, and part of that visit involves a trade deal designed to help alleviate California's serious drought.
The urgency of California's water crisis could be felt nationwide, due to the state's central role in the country's food production.
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California's central valley grows 99 percent of the country's almonds and pistachios, 96 percent of all tomatoes, 89 percent of all lemons, 86 percent of all carrots and 49 percent of all lettuce farmed in America, according to California's Department of Food and Agriculture.
All told, California produced more than $44 billion in fresh produce last year, and the drought threatens up to $11 billion of that this year.