Almost there...and a new fundraising goal!
Pistachio Wars is now almost fully funded — we're at 98%! We now need only about $500 to reach the finish line. And it's all because of you. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen! Your generosity has been truly humbling.
With our goal so near and four whole days still left on the clock, we’ve decided not to give up without a fight — especially given the recent news coming out of California. We’re upping the ante and setting a new stretch goal for the campaign: $55,000.
The extra $5,000 will go towards funding one more investigative trip to the Central Valley. We want to look into the news that Harvard University has spent $300 million buying up farmland and water rights in California. As the Wall Street Journal reported, for Harvard it’s an investment and a pure profit play: the university is making a bet on its ability to make money off water scarcity in the age of global warming.
Information about this new development came out about a week ago, while our campaign was in full swing. It's a bit shocking to see a university from the other side of the country getting into California's water business. But it fits into one of the main themes of Pistachio Wars: the ongoing stealth privatization of the state's water and the emergence of a new class of water barons.
We want to find out what's going on with this Harvard deal and to see how the university plans to profit from it. If we raise the extra $5,000, we’ll head out the Central Valley, interview locals, and talk to the people involved in the deal. If the wind is right, we’ll even put up a drone to get a better sense from the air of what Harvard is up to.
Help get us there!
Thanks, and see you in a few days at the finish line!