Madera farmer Denis Prosperi examines the almond crop at his ranch. Prosperi says it doesn’t tell the whole story to say it takes 1.1 gallons of water to grow a single almond. He says the unused parts of the almond are used as cow feed. Without that, an additional 2 million tons of alfalfa — another big water user — would have to be grown to make up for the lost almond hulls and shells.
Madera farmer Denis Prosperi examines the almond crop at his ranch. Prosperi says it doesn’t tell the whole story to say it takes 1.1 gallons of water to grow a single almond. He says the unused parts of the almond are used as cow feed. Without that, an additional 2 million tons of alfalfa — another big water user — would have to be grown to make up for the lost almond hulls and shells. CRAIG KOHLRUSS Fresno Bee file photo
Madera farmer Denis Prosperi examines the almond crop at his ranch. Prosperi says it doesn’t tell the whole story to say it takes 1.1 gallons of water to grow a single almond. He says the unused parts of the almond are used as cow feed. Without that, an additional 2 million tons of alfalfa — another big water user — would have to be grown to make up for the lost almond hulls and shells. CRAIG KOHLRUSS Fresno Bee file photo

Big money, increasing acreage make almond latest water war villain

May 23, 2015 02:45 PM