Minneapolis, MN-Flagstone Foods has announced that it will source 100% of its almonds from bee-friendly farms by 2025, which, according to GlobalData, opens up the possibility of rehabilitating the sustainability image of almonds.
“Recently, there has been backlash against the widespread use of almonds due to their effects on bees and other pollinators, as well as the water used to grow them,” said Ryan Whittaker, GlobalData consumer analyst, in a press release. “Pollinators are essential to the functioning of the almond industry and in recent years this work has regularly devastated the beehives. This new commitment from Flagstone Foods is to be welcomed and emulated in the interests of bees, the agribusiness and the ecosystem at large.
Flagstone Foods’ Healthy Bees, Happy Snackers initiative promotes a more sustainable almond industry. The initiative includes support for sustainable, bee-friendly farming methods, certification and verification programs, and contributions to programs designed to create habitats for bees while improving soil health.
Whittaker adds that consumers are interested in helping companies with sustainability and climate initiatives. He says, “Whether it’s sourcing snacks under your own brand or alternative milk, ethical and sustainable almond crops are likely to become increasingly important in solving food security and climate change problems.”
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