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California drought: Almond growers fight back over reports they are causing chronic water shortages

Posted By britneyg in Planning and Management

As California descends ever deeper into a potentially devastating drought, with residents facing unprecedented demands to cut water use, everybody is looking for somebody else to blame. But perhaps the most high-profile scapegoat in the parched Golden State is not a somebody but a something: the highly nutritious, increasingly notorious almond.

California grows 80 per cent of the world’s almonds, but it is two other widely reported statistics that have caused controversy: cultivating a single thirsty almond takes more than a gallon of water, and almonds alone account for almost 10 per cent of California’s agricultural water consumption. Agriculture takes up 80 per cent of the state’s total human water usage, which means almonds use some 8 per cent of the precious supply: more than the entire city of Los Angeles. http://www.independent.co.uk -

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