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1.3 billion pounds of unsold almonds is a lot of water



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To the editor: Given the severity of our present drought, I used to be shocked to see an article about the massive surplus of unsold almonds that ignored the 7.5 million acre-feet of water embedded within the 1.3 billion kilos of almonds ready to be exported. That’s sufficient water to satisfy the wants of all 39 million Californians for a complete yr.

For me, the story isn’t that company agribusinesses are dropping cash due to provide chain points; it’s whether or not increasing acreage of a water-intensive crop to 2,500 sq. miles, or half the dimensions of Los Angeles County, is the most effective use of a valuable public useful resource.

Too many Californians don’t have secure water of their households as a result of company agribusinesses have over-pumped or polluted groundwater provides. Iconic salmon are headed towards extinction as a result of California over-allocates the water in our rivers. And the reservoirs that assist carry us via dry intervals are on the lowest ranges in historical past as a result of our calls for have exceeded what nature can present.

For these of us working to guard our water via science-based coverage and advocating for equitable options to the impacts of local weather change on water reliability, not highlighting the impact these almonds have on water provides for the folks and ecosystems that rely on them is an oversight that have to be known as out.

Tracy Quinn, Santa Monica

The author is chief government of Heal the Bay.