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It takes over a gallon of water to produce a single almond
The new California gold rush is a bit, well, nutty: According to USDA predictions reported Monday, farmers will harvest a record 2.1 billion pounds of almonds this year.
That's great news for almond-lovers, but not-so-great news for California, which produces 80 percent of the world's almonds. A single almond requires 1.1 gallons of water to produce, and seeing as the state is currently in the middle of a devastating drought, that's water farmers have to drill deep for – 2,500 feet deep, in fact.
So why keep almond groves around? Because the U.S. and Asia's demand for the nuts is skyrocketing. Between 2009 and 2013, almond prices doubled and tripleddepending on the variety.
to read more: thewire.com
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