Central Valley: Almonds

Time and time again has it been said that the the Central Valley is the agricultural capital of not only the United States, but for the world as well. One of our most produced crops are almonds, of which 80% of the world’s supply is produced here. However, Central Valley almonds are facing an existential threat.

Almond trees, like many plants need bees in order to produce its fruit. Bees have been in great danger, suffering from Colony Collapse Disorder, in which hives collapse due to many factors. These factors have been accelerated by pesticides and well, climate change. California currently doesn’t have enough bees to produce all the almonds they do, so we get our bees from all across the country to pollinate the almond trees, annually.