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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 each almond by 33 percent between the 1990s and 2010s and stand committed to another 20 percent by 2025.1

Zero Waste & Climate Smart

Using everything the orchard grows.

Almond orchards grow the nutritious almonds we eat,2 as well as hulls, shells, and trees. So when we say zero waste, we mean using everything we grow to make the world a better place.

Pollinator Health

Nature's perfect duo.

While honey bees are only in our orchards for two months of the year, we work to support their health for all twelve.

Research & Innovation

Growing up sustainable.

1973. That’s when our sustainability journey started. A journey dedicated to growing one of the healthiest foods on the planet in the most responsible way possible – for our families, communities, and the planet.

Family Farms

Farming for the future.

Ninety percent of California’s 7,600 almond farms are family farms,3 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

Supporting local communities.

Producing 80 percent of the world's supply of almonds,4 California’s almond farmers and processors generate 110,000 jobs statewide and adds $9.2 billion to California's economy.5

Almond Lifecycle
From orchard to table.

Grown in California's ideal Mediterranean climate, almonds have many stages in the journey from orchard to table. Explore every part of the almond lifecycle--from the bloom to snack time.

Sustainability Goals
Our Almond Orchard 2025 Goals.

When you grow a healthy food people love, you have to do it right. 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 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.

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

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

5 University of California Agricultural Issues Center. Contributions of the California AlmondIndustry to the California Economy. August 2020.