Re “Retaliation for Trump tariffs hits here first” (Page 7A, March 6): The Bee’s Editorial Board is right to point out that tariffs are “nothing but bad” for our Valley, as almonds, just like all commodities we produce, compete in a global marketplace. The California almond industry depends on foreign markets to consume a majority of our crop. That said, we almond growers are incredibly grateful to our first and best customer – and it isn’t China (not even close). Who’s No. 1? Look in the mirror! The USA is by far the largest single market for California almonds; no other country consumes even half of what you do. And you outdid yourself this past crop year buying more than ever before: 675.96 million pounds (that’s a lot of cans), over 32 percent percent of our entire crop!
In fact, you bought more than the next four largest export markets combined (which were, in order: Spain, India, China/Hong Kong and Germany). So, America, the California almond industry thanks you from the bottom of our heart-healthy snack hearts. You’ll always be No. 1 in our books!
Janie Gatzman, Oakdale