Are almond growers California's worst water wasters? They're being blamed so much that almond lovers are pushing back with articles like "Seriously, Stop Demonizing Almonds," which appeared recently on Gizmodo.
So what are the facts? It takes 23 gallons of water to grow 23 almonds, a typical serving size. Almonds are the second-thirstiest crop in California behind alfalfa, a superfood for cows that sucks up 15 percent of the state's irrigation water. Almonds account for close to 10 percent of the state's agricultural water use, more than what the entire populations of Los Angeles and San Francisco use in a year. Almonds are hugely profitable for California. Last year, almonds brought in $11 billion to the state's economy.
But while alfalfa fields shrink, almond orchards are expanding in a big way. Alfalfa acreage is expected to shrink 11 percent this year, and cotton acres will dwindle to their lowest level since the 1920s. The market is pushing almonds and other nuts in the opposite direction. Almonds deliver farmers an average net return of $1,431 per acre, while pistachios net $3,519 per acre. Paramount Farms, which manages 50,000 acres of almond trees, plans to expand by 50 percent in the next five years. About two-thirds of California's almonds and pistachios are sent overseas. California's Central Valley churns out 80 percent of the world's almonds.
Here's the REAL problem in a nutshell: Each almond takes a gallon of water to produce. And each almond tree can produce up to 50 pounds of almonds per year. Chew on that!
In my opinion, Pacifica and Dairy Queen are a perfect match! We need a Dairy Queen (or maybe a Foster's Freeze) in our beautiful beach town. I feel that a great location would be the big, empty lot (owned by Caltrans?) just south of the Portola statue and the Community Center parking lot, that is, if it isn't a wetlands or prohibited from development.
Years ago I broached the subject with the Chamber of Commerce, but no one ever took any action that I know of. Maybe the chamber's Business Development Committee (or whatever it's called) could contact Dairy Queen and invite it to visit Pacifica in the hopes of getting someone interested in a franchise Dairy Queen in Pacifica. I'm sure there would be ingress and egress issues, but I'm not a traffic engineer, and those who know these kinds of things could certainly figure out that aspect of it. So let's hear it! Anyone else want to see a Dairy Queen in Pacifica?
Breaking News: US food giant Kraft has recalled 6.5 million boxes of macaroni and cheese after consumers reported finding metal fragments in some containers. The recall applies to boxes sold in the US, Puerto Rico and some Caribbean and South American countries.
At Pacifica Sanchez Library Garden, we dedicated two raised beds to potatoes this past growing season. See link below showing that potatoes can be part of a balanced diet. We harvested 77 pounds of potatoes (above) and donated them to Pacifica Resource Center). Our dedicated volunteer David Reuttiger (below) is our Master Gardener. Nutritious Spuds
Riptide reporter Jimmy Olsen knocks on the door and rings the bell at what was to become The Whole Beast in the old Boston Bill's restaurant space, but no one answers. All of Jimmy's other attempts to contact The Whole Beast go unanswered, so we are left to assume that the deal is a nonstarter. Too bad. A lot of people were looking forward to trying the trendy new nose-to-tail butcher shop. Maybe The Whole Beast was spooked by the specter of highway widening right at its front door.