Last week, a few journalists, a farmer, an entomologist and an ice cream man drove two hours southeast from Oakland to Chowchilla, California. It’s an in-between place most people never will visit — the neighborhood bar is a lonely box with one window — but if you’ve eaten an almond in the United States, you depend upon this community. Its riches are rooted in nature. We pulled into Harris Ranch, the farm that grows all of the almonds that the food company uses in its U.S. products — and were treated to the sight of 7,500 acres of almond trees in their annual spring bloom. The Nestlé USA-owned brand was there to celebrate its partnership with Xerces Society, a nonprofit that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. With the organization’s help, the ice cream maker has planted the largest pollinator habitat in the United States. By working with its farmer suppliers, Häagen-Dazs is helping fortify the way ingredients are grown to support bees and other pollinators. Without them, more than one-third of the company's ice cream flavors would melt off the market. There would be no almonds in Rocky Road, no tart cherries in Cherry Vanilla, or sweet mango in sorbet.
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