Growing Up Sustainable
A Team on a Mission
When it comes to following sustainable agricultural practices, California almond growers and handlers together have been progressive and are continuously challenging themselves to do more. The California Almond Sustainability Program (CASP) was established in 2009 to better understand the ongoing sustainability practices of growers related to the following aspects in their operations:
- Water (efficiency and quality)
- Air quality
- Land (nutrient management, pest management and bee health)
In addition to collecting data related to the areas above, we have analysed the practices used to grow almonds for their relative impact on the environment in combination with grower economics. This value analysis has helped the almond community identify which of the many practices have the greatest environmental and economic impact while helping inform future research areas and projects.
For questions or more information about our sustainability efforts, contact the Almond Board.
1. California Almond Sustainability Program definition: Sustainable almond farming utilizes production practices that are economically viable and are based upon scientific research, common sense and a respect for the environment, neighbors and employees. The result is a plentiful, nutritious, safe food product.
2. 2012 USDA Agricultural Census. http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/