Growing Up Sustainable
California's community of more than 7,600 almond farmers is committed to using sustainable agricultural practices1 that are economically viable and based on scientific research, common sense and a respect for the environment, neighbors and employees.
Sustainability for California almonds connects with all aspects of the almond lifecycle, inside the orchard and beyond. In addition to growing a healthy food that people love, California almond farmers are working to grow almonds in better, safer and healthier ways, protecting our communities and the environment.
Innovation Through Research
The California almond community is on a sustainability journey, raising the bar on farming and processing practices along the way. Since 1973, the California almond community, through the Almond Board of California, has supported $89 million in research to build a foundation of knowledge on almonds’ impact on human health, ensure food quality and safety and increase farming efficiencies while minimizing environmental impacts.
By partnering with the University of California, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, Environmental Defense Fund and others, the California almond community is exploring new technologies and out-of-the-box solutions that address farming needs today while helping to build the almond orchard of the future. The Almond Board’s Strategic Ag Innovation Committee sets strategic direction for this research, supported by working groups that specialize in distinct areas of almond farming and processing. Together, these groups solicit and evaluate research projects to meet the needs of the California almond community while benefiting local communities and the environment.