The Dark Side of Almond Use

Last Modified: Fri May 29 2015 15:39:54 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 80 %
    California's groves supply 80 percent of the global almond harvest
  • 44 %
    Land in California dedicated to growing almonds
  • 4,816 million
    Value of California's annual almond harvest in US dollars
  • 2.1 billion pounds
    California farmers will reap a record 2.1 billion pounds of almonds this year as per USDA estimates
  • 1.1 gallons
    Each almond requires 1.1 gallons of water to produce
  • 1 million
    Cost in US dollars, of a single 2,500 ft bore well needed to supply water to the groves
  • 11 inches per year
    In almond-intensive San Joaquin Valley, the ground has been sinking by an average of 11 inches per year, a 2013 US Geological Survey study found, due to over-pumping of aquifers
  • 1.6 million
    The industry requires 1.6 million bee colonies to pollinate its almond trees
  • 25 %
    25 percent of the beehives in almond groves suffered severe damage during the bloom, ranging from complete hive collapse to dead and deformed brood due to pesticides