Almonds: Can California’s Top Crop Weather the Drought?

The almond industry is water-intensive and reliant on pollinators, yet it operates in a state struggling to provide both of these resources.

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Almonds have become the world’s most popular nut, and with almond milk on the rise, that demand is only expected to grow. But 80% of the world’s almonds are grown in California, where drought, climate change, and the loss of honeybees have made it increasingly difficult for the industry to keep up. Today, we explore the relationship between almonds and their environment and consider how this important crop can become more sustainable and resilient in the coming decades. With special guest Dr. Alissa Kendall: Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis.

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