Almonds

October 2, 2016--California's almond boom has ramped up water use, consumed wetlands and stressed pollinators (Science Daily)

A new study using aerial imagery across the state of California has found that converting land to grow almonds between 2007 and 2014 has led to a 27% annual increase in irrigation demands -- despite the state's historic drought.


March 12, 2015--New fertilizer heralded for yield, lower water demand (TheCalifornian.com)

A new type of fertilizer introduced in Salinas last week has been shown to reduce nitrogen runoff, increase yield and lower water demand, particularly for almonds, a $246 million crop in Tulare County, while using produce scraps as a base ingredient. Still in early stage expansion mode, Sacramento-based California Safe Soil, or CSS, has plans to build five plants over the next five years a


December 27, 2014--Water source for almonds in California may run dry (New York Times)

California’s almond orchards have been thriving over the past decade and now provide an $11 billion annual boost to the state economy. Covering 860,000 acres, they account for 80 percent of world production.


September 13, 2014--Alarm as almond farms consume California's water (Guardian)

Touted as the ultimate superfood and an essential ingredient in everything from mezze to marzipan: the humble almond has never been so popular.


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