Todd Shuman 
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Re: “The Drought's Scapegoat

Excellent article. Still, there is another angle that Bland did not address.

Most of the total almond commodity crop set gets sold as livestock feed. Almonds hulls are sold to feed milk cows, and the mass of almond hulls that are sold typically exceeds that of almond meats by a 2 to 1 ratio. Add in almond shells, which are typically sold as bedding for dairy and beef cows, and most of the water used to grow almonds actually produces livestock feed crops or other crops that serve the livestock industry. Livestock, of course, emit copious quantities of methane, which then contribute to the baking of our planet, as well as contributing to, and severely aggravating, the drought conditions that afflict California.

If you want to learn more about all this (as well as the other livestock feed crops that play their part), go to the Sequoia ForestKeeper website and download some documents that were submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board on June 19. You can also find the documents at the SWRCB website, at

http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/comments_tucp2015/


Todd Shuman, Camarillo, CA

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Posted by Todd Shuman on 07/01/2015 at 10:47 AM

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