We live in a drought. Plants are drying up and making great kindling. While I sit in this inescapable smoke — coughing, wheezing, tearing up, I wonder if dry farming is enough to spare us from being set ablaze. I don’t irrigate because I want aquifers to be available for plants and animals that help maintain an ecosystem that won’t burn us up.

I’m just 5 acres. But what if everyone else didn’t irrigate? What if they also didn’t turn up the soil, releasing greenhouse gases that warm the planet? What if they didn’t use fertilizers made from burning and converting fossil fuels? What if we didn’t import 98% of our food and lowered transportation emissions? I wonder if that would spare us from slow asphyxiation.