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Marjon Stonemnan Douglas and larijoric 1 larris Carr
Segment: Limited water and difficulties of raising vegetables in Florida
Source: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Videotaped at the Douglas House in Coconut Grove,
June 16, 1983.
Length of Segment: 00:01:39
Transcript and audio recording are copyright 1983-2009 Florida International University.
Marjorie: The thing I said the other day in Tallahassee to the governor at the conference... I think people
are not realizing at all that the time is coming when there will be less and less agriculture, because the
people will want the ground to live on, rather than to grow vegetables in. And I think, more and more,
the people will crowd out agriculture also because it will be a fight between agriculture and people as to
who's to get the water. Now, with a limited water supply, the agriculture is getting more water in
proportion than people, but I don't know how long that can keep up. And I think eventually the
development will cover just about everything that can be covered, I think that is the way the thing is
heading. But the agriculture is not so important. I don't know if they believe me, I've said so. I said,
"you people are planning for things the way they are today, but, to my mind, you've got to recognize
that the development is going to go on more and more strongly, and crowding out the agriculture, and
you've got to recognize that in the course of time. And I really think I'm right. It might not come right
away but it'll come faster and faster if we have more and more people. They're not coming down here
to raise vegetables, or even to eat them, you know, they're coming down for the way of life, the ease
and the sun and all that.