California almonds are becoming one of the world’s favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and other indoor household water use of California’s 39 million people.
Central Valley farmers say they need two things to be successful: Water and honey bees. But both are in short supply this year. A local beekeeper says he’s having trouble finding enough bees for area farms and ranches. So, where did they all go?
Almonds are one of the most popular products on store shelves these days, and the industry’s profits are skyrocketing for companies such as Blue Diamond here in Sacramento.
Eleven people have reportedly been injured after light rail and a big rig collided.