Criticism of almond industry fueled by unavailable, unpublished poster

RIPON, Calif., Sept. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Almond Alliance of California reports new research from Eastern Kentucky University researcher Dr. Kelly Watson involving almond acreage growth trends was presented at the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) annual conference this week and is being called into question by the California almond community and the Almond Board of California which published this release yesterday: http://newsroom.almonds.com/content/almond-board-highlights-eastern-kentucky-university-almond-analysis-inaccuracies

The poster, “Monitoring Change in Agricultural Land and Water Usage in California’s Central Valley Using Geospatial Techniques,” and associated research have been reported by some media outlets despite the fact that it has not been made publicly available, is unpublished and is yet to be peer-reviewed. The Almond Alliance of California is concerned that the researcher hasn’t responded to repeated requests from members of the almond industry for data sources, methodology and fact-checking steps…[Click here to read the full article]

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