Why do we need to act?
Climate change and the intensification of agricultural activities are real topics for nuts production, and consumers are increasingly aware of it :
- Most of the nuts grow best in areas with a Mediterranean climate, where water is becoming a scarce resource
- The last reports about the loss of biodiversity are alarming; bees and pollinators (among other species) are essential for almonds to grow and are in a critical situation
- Among other challenges, some orchards are at risk of more unpredictable weather events, which can deter the new generation of nut growers from joining the industry
That is why we collaborate with our peers, suppliers, customers and experts to implement clear and impactful actions defined per origin and type of ingredient.
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Our current projects
While initial assessments are being completed, some projects have started:
1) Foster biodiversity:
- Partnership signed with Bee Friendly, a European label that aims to identify and promote pollinator-friendly products and production systems. We now have the first Bee Friendly almonds ever (!) in 2020 and progressively scale the volumes up.
- Verification of practices of nuts producers with the Farm Sustainable Assessment (FSA), a tool developed by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative. We expect the first verified volumes in 2020.
2) Safeguard water and preserve nuts craft:
- Improvement of irrigation practices, a joint work with a Spanish cooperative and local engineers: we will train a group of farmers and follow their irrigation practices to progressively increase their yield per quantity of water applied.