Committed to Continuous Improvement
In addition to growing a healthy food that people love, the California almond community is dedicated to producing an economically, environmentally and socially responsible crop for California. Recognizing our local role in California agriculture and global role as a powerhouse in almond production, we're working to grow almonds in better, safer, and healthier ways, protecting our communities and environment.
The Almond Orchard 2025 Goals are the latest way the California almond community is committed to continuous improvement.
Achieving Zero Waste In Our Orchards
Almonds grow in a shell, protected by a hull, on a tree: products traditionally used for livestock bedding, dairy feed and electricity generation. Changing markets for these coproducts are spurring innovation for higher value uses, both economically and environmentally, with promising leads in the areas of recycled plastics, fuel, beer and more. By 2025, the California almond community commits to achieve zero waste in our orchards by putting everything we grow to optimal use.
Further Reducing the Water Used to Grow Almonds
Over the past two decades, almond farmers have successfully reduced the amount of water needed to grow a pound of almonds by 33% via improved production practices and adoption of efficient microirrigation technology.1 By 2025, the California almond community commits to reduce the amount of water used to grow a pound of almonds by an additional 20%.
Improving Local Air Quality During Almond Harvest
California almonds are harvested by shaking the nuts to the ground where they dry naturally in the sun before being swept up and collected, a process that can create dust in our local communities. To address this nuisance, the almond community is taking short- and long-term steps to reimagine how we harvest and, by 2025, commits to reduce dust during harvest by 50%.
Increasing Adoption of Environmentally Friendly Pest Management Tools
Responsible almond farming requires protecting the crop and trees from bugs, weeds, and disease through an integrated pest management approach. This means using tools and techniques like beneficial insets, habitat removal, mating disruption and, when necessary, pesticides. To further protect our orchards, employees and communities, by 2025, we commit to increase adoption of environmentally friendly pest management tools by 25%.
1. University of California, 2010. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2012. Almond Board of California, 1990-94, 2000-14.