Alarm as almond farms consume California’s water

Jennifer Rankin,  The Observer, 13 September 2014

Extreme drought and soaring global demand is threatening supplies of one of the world’s favourite snacks. Touted as the ultimate superfood and an essential ingredient in everything from mezze to marzipan: the humble almond has never been so popular. But with prices at a nine-year high, almonds are in the frontline of a battle over water as California struggles to cope with one of its worst-ever droughts – stoking fears of an almond shortage over Christmas. more