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Almonds: High water footprint, but their high nutritional value outranks almost all other crops

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Source: “Water-indexed benefits and impacts of California almonds,” Ecological Indicators, Elsevier

An intuitive vertical axis is one in which the amount increases from bottom to top.


This chart, however, misleads the viewer into thinking that almonds (at the bottom) are the least desirable


While the total water footprint of almonds seems to be be high according to the data used in this study, its nutritional desirability outranks all but one crop in the chart.