I’m doing some back of the envelope calculations, and it’s starting to dawn on me that California almonds are kind of like crunchy coal when it comes to the challenges we’re facing.
A lot is being made – with good reason — of the fact that about 2 million gallons a day of water is being consumed by the drilling industry in the drought stricken Golden State. Consider that there are 940,000 acres of almonds in the state and each each acre consumes between 3 and four acre feet of water per year, or 1.4 million gallons. That’s about 3.6 billion gallons a day being consumed just on California’s almond groves. (And that’s not even taking into consideration the water debt from all fracked fuel it takes to run those almond farms on behalf of the wealthy dentists from Sherman Oaks who own a lot of them as a tax shelter.) What was wrong with peanuts, people?