23 Jan 2019 California’s almond farmers and processors have publicly committed to four new goals that build on decades of previous achievements and further demonstrate the industry’s commitment to growing almonds in better, safer and healthier ways, while protecting local communities and the environment. The Almond Orchard 2025 Goals set industry-wide targets in the areas of water efficiency, zero waste, pest management and air quality, in a state that produces 80 percent of the world’s supply of almonds. Almond Board of California President and CEO, Richard Waycott stresses how sustainability has been a key pillar for almond growers in the state for 30 years. FoodIngredientsFirstspoke to Richard about the commitments, the criticism of the sector during the drought and the current turbulence in international trade.
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