Here is a link to an article about how almonds take a gallon of water per nut to grow and that “Everyone consuming California almonds should recognize that right now, at the stage of drought that we’re in, they’re consuming a disproportionate amount of a state resource—that is, California water.”
The article fails to discuss the fact that it takes 30 gallons of water to make one 6 oz. glass of MILK, 35 gallons of water to make one 6 oz. serving of YOGURT, 42 gallons of water to make one 6 oz. scoop of ICE CREAM, 50 gallons of water to make two slices (6 oz.) of CHEESE, 90 gallons of water to make 6 oz. of Greek yogurt, and 109 gallons of water to make a stick of BUTTER. (source: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/03/california-water-suck)
Oh, and let’s not forget—2,500 gallons of water for a kilogram of BEEF.
I’d say California’s drought would be more aptly blamed on California’s dairy industry than its almond industry.
But, yeah, by all means, blame the almonds for the drought because ALL THE MATH.