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California’s top ambassador is a little brown nut often salted and packed in a vacuum-sealed can. Almonds are widely consumed around the world from confectionary goods to being served atop salads. Eat an almond and more likely than not it came from California. The Golden State produces over 80% of the world’s almond supply. Growing demand for the nutritious nut coincides with a series of intensifying droughts afflicting the state and disrupting the state’s water supply. Almonds have come under scrutiny as questions arise over whether using such a limited resource to grow a cash crop is worth the damage sustained by the environment and the toll its inflicted on public health.
Mar, Tyler Thomas, "Get Crackin’: True Cost of Almonds in Drought Stricken California" (2019). 2019 Op-Eds. 7.