Change One Thing: Almonds Are Thirsty
Growing up in California means that you grow up thinking a lot of things are normal that might not be so normal, i.e. most high schools don’t have a hacky-sack club and a drum circle club, most people don’t grow pot in their backyards and most importantly? Most people don’t spend the majority of their year in an insane drought.
California has had serious water conservation issues my entire life, and it wasn’t until I moved away that I realized two things: 1. I hate rain, 2. In other parts of the country people take showers longer than 4 minutes. This perpetual drought becomes a real issue though when you start to think about how much agricultural prosperity there is in the good ol’ Golden State. We have a climate conducive to growing so many things like avocados, garlic, strawberries and unfortunately almonds.
Here is the tricky thing about almonds, they are very thirsty little buggers, in fact one almond requires 1.1 gallons of water to grow. I’ll say that again for emphasis: OVER A GALLON of water PER ALMOND. That is a lot of water especially when you realize that over half the almonds in the world are grown in California.
So what is the solution?
This is a hard one for me because since we went vegan, almond milk has been a bit of a household staple. That being said, I will treat this issue the same way we do every issue – just try our best to cut back. Instead of almond milk we have been buying rice milk and coconut milk (both delicious). We also occasionally buy soy milk or make oat milk. I won’t lie, I love me a good handful or almond, so I will munch on them occasionally, but I am making an effort to cutback!