Almond Orchards May Have Small Carbon Footprint

pair of reports put together by researchers at UC Davis — first funded by the Almond Board of California and since supported by the California Department of Food and Agriculture — looked at the carbon footprint of almond orchards. The findings? The footprint is not very big at all. “We found that one kilogram of almonds results is less than one kilogram of [CO2-equivalent] emissions, 0.9 in fact,” co-author Dr. Alissa Kendall, an associate professor in the UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, said. “Relative to other nutrient and energy-dense foods, almonds look pretty good in terms of the impact categories we assessed.”

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