An Almond Milk Boom in California Means 10,000 Fewer Dairy Cows
The state of California is experiencing a slow, but marked shift away from cow’s mik and toward more sustainable, plant-based alternatives. According to a report by Bloomberg‘s Leslie Patton and Lydia Mulvany, there has been a 350,000 acre growth in almond crops in the state over the last decade. Conversely, there are 10,000 less dairy cows than usual just between the months of January and July of this year.
If you’ve spent any time on the internet in the last few years, you have surely seen the outrage over the almond crop boom, most of which classifies the plant as a “water-intensive” crop. While this may be true, when compared to some other crops, the amount of water used in the dairy industry is far worse. VegNews points to an exposé by The New York Times, which revealed how 15.3 gallons of water are required to produce 16 almonds and 143 gallons of water are needed to produce just four cups of cow’s milk.
Seeing as the non-dairy milk market is projected to surpass $35 billion by the year 2024 and the dairy industry is engaged in a mad scramble to delegitimize almond milk, it is clear the tides are turning.
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