Saturday, November 2, 2013

Guess how much water is used to produce 1 lb of almonds?

Our Carpenter ranch uses 38 acre inches of water per acre per year delivered via a micro-sprinkler system. Apparently, the state average for a mature california almond farm is 39-42 acre inches per acre. This, combined with average yield numbers, it turns out:

500 gallons of water is used to produce 1 lb of almonds.

So, it's equivalent to 10 standard bathtubs of water.. Isn't that fascinating? Oh, BTW, for comparison, try this. According to PETA, it takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat.

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