Almonds' Water Demands Could Dry Out Some California Farms

Almond trees depend on water to survive even when they're not producing the nutritious nut.
Oct 8, 2014·
Samantha Cowan is an associate editor for culture.

California produces 80 percent of the world's almond harvest and 99 percent of almonds consumed in the U.S. But a single almond needs more than a gallon of water to reach maturity. That's a big problem for the drought-stricken state.

TPL producer Dave Fonseca heads to California's Central Valley to talk to farmer Joe Del Bosque, whose crops are suffering because of the water crisis. Usually he receives water allocated by the state, but he has been forced to rely on leftover water from the prior year. If something doesn't change soon, he'll have to close his farm.

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