Kind Healthy Snacks to Source Bee-Friendly Almonds

Kind Healthy Snacks to Source Bee-Friendly Almonds

Kind Healthy Snacks – “Kind” for short – is taking action to support bee-friendly almond farming.
The snack manufacturer will be sourcing all of its almonds exclusively from bee-friendly | Learn more on Commonshare | farms by 2025.  
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The Bees and the Almond Trees 
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Almond trees are usually pollinated by honeybees, but the almond industry is also a major consumer of pesticides that many blame for bee deaths. The industry also engages in industrial farming practices that have drawn ecological concerns. 
At present, the American state of California accounts for the vast majority of the world’s almonds – the state has almost 1.5 million acres of nut orchards. However, fewer than 20,000 of those acres are verified as bee-friendly. 
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Bee Kind: How Kind is Promoting Bee-Friendliness 
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Kind is requiring all almond suppliers to reserve at least 3% to 5% of available farmland as habitat to serve bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. The company is also working with suppliers to get them to cease using neonicotinoids and chlorpyrifos, two pesticides that can hurt pollinators. 
Almonds are the lead ingredient in the majority of Kind’s products, as Jenny Stanley, Kind’s manager of sustainability and corporate affairs, explained. “It’s our No. 1 ingredient by both volume and spend.” 
This was what led the company to focus on almonds. As Stanley explains, the company “assessed and looked at our ingredient purchasing with the lens of ‘OK, from a sustainability point of view, where can we make the greatest and most meaningful impact based on our size and scale.’” 
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Bee-Friendly Still an Emerging Field
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The field of bee-friendly sustainable products is still relatively in its infancy, but a variety of people have been highlighting concerns about the impact of agriculture on bees.
In 2017, the Almond Board of California announced an investment of 4.8 million in 64 independent research projects to create innovative farming techniques, including some optimized for bee-friendliness. 
And earlier in 2020, the California almond community launched a Pollinator Protection Plan to encourage bee protection during almond bloom. 
Kind Healthy Snacks’ own Kind Foundation is also making a $150,000 investment in the Williams Lab at the University of California, Davis(1) | #Williams Lab at the University of California, Davis |, to help it continue bee health research.
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Williams Lab at the University of California, Davis website | https://williamslab.ucdavis.edu/ |

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