Why is biodiversity in nuts orchards important?
The last reports about the loss of biodiversity are alarming. 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction(1). Among those, bees and other pollinators are in a critical situation and 40% of invertebrate pollinators species are facing a risk of extinction.
Almonds and macadamia depend heavily on pollinators’ activity, and the steep decrease in pollinators’ population is undoubtedly endangering our food diversity as a whole. Loss of habitat, use of pesticides, pests and diseases, and climate change are the main reasons for this decline.
In parallel, agriculture practices can play a key role to maintain local biodiversity: by carefully using pesticides and limiting their usage to when absolutely needed, and maintaining a haven for local fauna with agro-ecological infrastructures.
With this in mind, we aim to promote practices favoring biodiversity to make sure we can enjoy the best nuts in a sustainable way.
What is the link between almonds and bees?
Almonds are not killing bees, but when intensive almond farming takes place, the use of pesticides and the loss of habitat (due to monoculture) are negatively impacting bees and their mortality rate.
- No almond, no bees: The almond tree is a plant that is friendly to bees. Almond flowers are among the first ones to blossom, between February and March. They are key for honey bees as it is one of the first sources of food they can find after winter to reinforce the beehive and enable an important increase of bees population.
- No bees, no almonds: Honey bees and other pollinators are essential to almond trees as they play a key role in the pollination process, going from one flower to another and spreading the precious pollen that is necessary for flowers to fertilize and grow almonds.