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Sustainability & Community

Growing Good

California’s almond farmers, supported by our research and programs, have reduced water usage and embraced zero waste, helped honey bees and developed the economy. Our 2025 Goals show how the almond community continues to make strides towards a more sustainable future for everyone.

Water Wise

Getting the most out of every drop.

Farmers have reduced the amount of water needed to grow a pound of almonds by 33 percent over the past 20 years1 and stand committed to another 25 percent by 2025.

Bee Health

A mutually beneficial relationship.

Every almond exists because a honey bee visited an almond blossom. And from nutritious pollen2 to research supporting their health, the bees benefit too.

Zero Waste

Using everything the orchard grows.

Almond orchards grow not only the nutritious almonds we eat,3 but also hulls, shells, and trees that are put to good use with a focus on reducing our environmental footprint and adding value.

Research & Innovation

Growing up sustainable.

Since 1973, the California almond community, through the Almond Board of California, has supported $89 million in research improving how we farm and food safety, reducing impacts and building our knowledge of the health benefits of almonds.

Family Farms

Farming for the future.

Over 90% of California’s 7,600 almond farms are family farms,4 many owned and operated by third- and fourth-generation farmers who live on the land and plan to pass it down to their children and grandchildren.

Beyond the Orchard

A perfect home, made even better.

California's ideal climate and culture of innovation make it the most productive almond-growing region in the world. What's more, our almond trees capture and store greenhouse gases while producing oxygen and filtering the air.

Economic Impact

Creating value for California.

Producing 80 percent of the world's supply,5 the almond community supports over 110,000 jobs statewide and adds $9.2 billion to California's economy6.

Almond Lifecycle
From orchard to table.

Grown in California’s ideal Mediterranean climate, the almond life cycle has many stages. Explore them all -from bloom to snack time.

Sustainability Goals
Our Almond Orchard 2025 Goals.

We’re working to grow almonds in better, safer and healthier ways, protecting our communities and the environment.

1. University of California, 2010. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2012. Almond Board of California, 1990-94, 2000-14.

2. Ramesh Sagili. Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University.

3. Good news about almonds and heart health. Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving on almonds (28 grams) has 13 grams of unsaturated fat and only 1 gram of saturated fat.

4. United States Department of Agriculture. 2012 Census of Agriculture.

5. Almond Board of California, Almond Board of Australia and International Nut and Dried Fruit Council.

6. University of California Agricultural Issues Center. Contributions of the California Almond Industry to the California Economy. August 2020.