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Can Almonds Become a Zero Waste Crop?
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The Almond Board of California (ABC) has announced it is currently looking for ways to optimize almond co-products such as almond hulls, shells and other woody materials in order to reduce food waste. Changing market needs for these products has led the ABC to focus research investment on new uses which address manufacturing needs across several industries, among them food, automotive, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and plastics. This brings value to the California almond community, the economy, the local environment, and supports almonds on their journey to zero waste. From almond hulls and shells to cosmetics, foods, pharmaceuticals and plastics Almond shells can be heated to high temperatures, producing a charcoal-like product, which has the potential to be used to create stronger, biodegradable plastics such as rubbish bags, flower pots and rubber tyres.

About the Almond Board

Almonds from California are a natural, wholesome and quality food. The Almond Board of California promotes almonds through its research-based approach to all aspects of marketing, farming and production on behalf of the more than 6,000 almond growers and processors in California, many of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit Almonds.com or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.

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