Ground ozone lowers crop yields. As it’s been cleaned up in California, farms have produced hundreds of millions of dollars more fruits and nuts.
California’s strict environmental regulations have long concerned some farmers, who say that restrictions around things such as water use are at odds with the agricultural industry. The state’s air pollution standards, though, which are among the strictest in the country, are a boon to farmers: The reductions in ground ozone resulted in $600 million worth of increased crop production annually.
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