I'm sure you've all heard about the drought in California, where 80% of the world's almonds are grown. The New York Times recently stated that it takes on average 15.3 gallons of water to produce a mere 16 almonds!
While almond sales are soaring due to their irrefutable health benefits, its costing more and more for farmers to supply their crops with proper water supply. Which is one aspect to the rising costs of almond milk and butter. This is detrimental to wallets, but much more detrimental to the California's water supply, and even more so as now farms are being supplied with recycled fracking water...because its about to be the only water available.
More than California's years long drought, the almond crops in the golden state are currently owners of the world largest artificial pollination. The flowering trees are entirely dependent on honey bees for pollination, and North American beekeepers are making big bucks shipping in over 1.5 million hives annually in January and February during the bloom times.
Honey bee well being is declining, not only due to the colony collapse that has been effecting the population over the last ten years, but due to harsh conditions during these 'man-made migrations' for pollination of mono-crops. Mono-crops (large closely knit groves of one type of crop) are notorious for providing the best environment for insects and fungi to take over, which results in bee-killing pesticides looking tempting for farmers that don't want to lose their crops. Though doing any more damage to bees that are intrinsic for pollination isn't ideal either, so thankfully most farmers have refrained from using a certain pesticide.
Keeping all of this in mind does make one want to steer away from almonds and their delicious products, if the rising price tags haven't already.
So...in an effort to be more green, we are now offering more milk options at our Juice Bar.
- Flax Milk- cold pressed from flax seeds, smooth and thin, mildly nutty flavor, free of lactose and cholesterol, high in omega-3's, low calorie, soy-free, *requires less water and fewer pesticides than many other crops, WASTE FREE because all parts of the seed are used.
- Hemp Milk- Hemp seeds are a super food! The milk is slightly grainy, with a grassy/nutty flavor, a bit of an acquired taste but mixed into smoothies and when you think about the amazing health benefits (omega 3's, high calcium, and vitamin d) its an obvious good choice. Also requires very little water, suppresses weeds and can be densely planted with quick turnover crops. Also it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it one of the most eco-friendly crops in the world!
- Coconut Milk- Thick, rich and deliciously coconutty! Very high in b-12, Vitamin D and good fats, requires less energy and water to farm than soy or almond milk.
So give another milk a try, reduce your carbon footprint and increase you eco-friendly awareness!