In California, everything that's important depends on water that comes from somewhere else. And so you have this strange paradox where every major city depends on water from another part of the state, or sometimes from another state altogether, and the people who depend on that water for their lives have no idea where it comes from. You have this very strange world where no one knows anything about the most important resource in California - and who controls it.
Investigative journalist Yasha Levine explains how a small group of billionaires cornered the market on California's water crisis - privatizing water access, buying power and reshaping the state's ecology for the pistachio export market, all while regular people are scared about drinking tap water at a restaurant.
Yasha's documentary, Pistachio Wars: Killing California for a Snack Food is raising funds for post-production at Kickstarter right now. Help em out!