Food – Water – Agriculture – Environment

Yes your right. I can’t seem to let this Almond milk thing go. If the reports are accurate and Almond milk contains only 2 percent Almonds. Mmmmmm that means in each 32 ounce(quart) of Almond milk there is less than one(1) ounce of Almonds. What the heck is used to fill the other 31 ounces in a quart of Almond milk?

Not knowing A thing about Almond except it is a nut. I did what any curious guy would do, I googled it.
What I discovered is shocking as well as disturbing.

Blue Diamond said their Almond Breeze beverage is made from an average of over 50 almonds per half gallon. Keep that number (50) in mind.

Business Insider web site said “it requires 1.1 gallons of water to produce one(1) Almond nut. No that is not a typo, 1.1 gallons.

Using this figure means Almond growers used 55 gallons of water to produce the 50 Almonds contained in 1/2 gallon of Almond milk.

Almonds environmentally friendly?
Almonds as sustainable agriculture?
Almond milk healthier than ‘real’ milk?

California’s Central Valley sinking due to groundwater pumping Data shows the ground is sinking nearly two inches per month in some places, putting roads, bridges and canals at risk of damage.

Mark Cowin, head of the California Department of Water Resources. added that groundwater levels are dropping to record lows up to 100 feet below previously measurements.

Just an old fat country boys opinion but if you remove(pump water) 100’s of feet of water from the subsoil structure, why are you acting surprised that the surface soil sinks to fill the void caused by massive water removal?

On your next trip to your supermarket fresh fruit and vegetable area try to keep these number in mind. Look at the fruit and vegetables and know it requires a great amount of irrigation water to feed you and your family.
Here are a few examples:
1 – Orange = 13.8 gallons water
1 – head Broccoli = 4.5 gallons water
1 – Walnut = 4.9 gallons water
1 – Tomato = 3.3 gallons water
1 – Almond = 1.1 gallons water
1 – Strawberry = .4 gallons water

Source: Chart by the guardian
Hint: 1 US gallon = 3.79 liters. 1 kilogram(kg) = 2.2 US pounds.

Typical values for the volume of water required to produce common foodstuffs
Foodstuff Quantity Water consumption, litres
Chocolate 1 kg 17,196
Beef 1 kg 15,415
Sheep Meat 1 kg 10,412
Pork 1 kg 5,988
Butter 1 kg 5,553
Chicken meat 1 kg 4,325
Cheese 1 kg 3,178
Olives 1 kg 3,025
Rice 1 kg 2,497
Cotton 1 @ 250g 2,495
Pasta (dry) 1 kg 1,849
Bread 1 kg 1,608
Pizza 1 unit 1,239
Apple 1 kg 822
Banana 1 kg 790
Potatoes 1 kg 287
Milk 1 x 250ml glass 255
Cabbage 1 kg 237
Tomato 1 kg 214
Egg 1 196
Wine 1 x 250ml glass 109
Beer 1 x 250ml glass 74
Tea 1 x 250 ml cup 27

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23 responses to “Food – Water – Agriculture – Environment

  1. Eye opening. And it’s not just how much water is used, it’s where the water comes from. We have plenty here out east, but the water for your almond is fought over by many.

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    • Sad Grin … many places that receive abundant rains do not hate the weather conditions that allow them to grow high water consumption crops that are in high demand in supermarkets.
      This is just one old fat guys opinion, but I don’t think places like semi-desert growing regions like California and southwest Arizona can or will act before 90+ percent of underground water is pumped dry.
      If surface soil collapse, as it is now occurring in the fruit, nut, vegetable growing areas of CA. underground water storage abilities will be los for ever.

      Happy rain watered Gardening

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  2. Such an eye-opening read about the water consumption for common foodstuffs! Thank you for sharing the information.

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  3. Wow thank you for this…that’s a lot of water .Definately a case for looking at how we farm and what we buy and not grow ourselves 🙂

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    • Hang on to your pocket book, wait untill CA. runs out of underground water and fruit, vegetable and nut growers must depend on rain fall (that CA. does not get) to produce crops.
      Plan ahead, Grow A back Yard Garden.
      Happy gardening

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  4. It always boggles the mind to think of how much water is used to feed us…and then there is the vast amount of water consumed in the packaging that the product comes in.
    To be water-wise, I think we should all drink tequila….made from the desert agave 🙂

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  5. I read another article on this theme. Understandably, this had the same conclusion…… I’m not sure that veganism is going to save the world.

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    • Mmmm… just how many herbivores do I know that builds skyscrapers and designs computers?

      Happy Gardening

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      • Well, not sure we need skyscrapers or computers really but I am yet to be convinced that my quarter pound of locally produced organic meat per week is worse than beans flown in from the other side of the world.

        Sad that chocolate is as environmentally unfriendly as it is though 😦

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  6. google: Soy Milk Dangers
    That’s an eye-popper. Common sense tells you that converting a green plant to milk – or an nut to milk – takes a lot of processing.
    Best to just eat things the way that God made them. IMHO. 😉

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    • I think you hit the hammer with the nail head.
      Common sense tells me, anything that requires high processing in most likely not a good thing.
      Grin … this is a time when Less is Better.
      Happy Gardening

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    • Grin … It will come as a surprise to some of my over the top health nut friends, but pressing seeds, any seed or nuts, any nut you get oil.. Hehehe you can’t get milk from a Turnip.
      Happy Gardening

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  7. Reblogged this on Flat Creek Rolling and commented:
    For a follow up on Almond milk, read this. Thanks again to Town & Country.

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  8. Fascinating! I never thought about this before.

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    • Thanks for taking time to visit my humble tiny blog.
      Grin .. yes there is a great deal about farmers, and food production most consumers don’t know nor have they considered the time, equipment and materials required to fill their pantry with safe, healthy food.

      Happy Gardening

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  9. Reblogged this on Simple Living Over 50 and commented:
    We must re-think our current ways of farming.

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  10. Very interesting. This makes aquaponics very attractive. I watched a 60 minutes segment a few weeks ago that showed how growers are utilizing this technique for growing vegetables. As for me I use raised beds and materials that hold water like vermiquilite to try and conserve as much as I can.

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