“Australia’s tree nut orchards use few, if any, pesticides, promoting the image of Australia as a clean and safe producer of foods. In addition, nut industries can generally afford an enlightened sense of environmental awareness and act on it in such areas as vegetation management and the application of more pest specific chemicals as part of integrated pest management.” – Australian Nut Industry Council
The growing of nuts ticks all the boxes in terms of the positive impact it has on the environment. Advantages of nut growing include:
- As with other trees, nut trees assist in pollution reduction through the capturing and storing carbon within the wood for the life of the tree.
- Protecting, stabalising and nourishing the soil. Growing nut trees is a sustainable use of the land.
- Providing habitat for birds and other wildlife
- Trees enhance the aesthetics ofthe landscape or garden.
Compared with many other forms of agriculture, nut growing is very environmentally friendly in that comparatively little in the way of chemical agents are used for the purpose of vegetation management and pest control.
The Nut Industry Council and the Nut Industry Peak Bodies are active in the promotion of sustainable agriculture and Australia’s reputation within the global nut industry as a clean and safe producer of nuts.
Climate change potentially impacts on many areas of the horticultural industry and Australia’s nut industry is no exception. Climate change is a focus for concern given the expense and lead time between planting and commercial production. For information and key links to the latest information visit the Climate Change web page.
Where the opportunity exists, biological control of pest species can offer significant advantages to the environment over alternative methods of pest and vegetative management. See the “Biological Control” component of the “Crop Management” page for more information.
- Suncoast Gold Macadamias – Use of previously discarded macadamia shells to generate ‘green electricity’
Organic Growing of Nuts
See also the RIRDC Organic Knowledge Hub website.
- Queensland nut tree Macadamia integrifolia (and related species) – Conservation Management Profile (EPA Queensland
- Macadamia conservation
- Biological Farmers of Australia website.
The BFA is Australia’s largest representative organic body The BFA actively works to influence standards development, representing interests at government level, and support the growth of the Australian organic market. It provides assistance in market intelligence, exporting requirements, and development of contacts and networks. The BFA continues to increase consumer awareness of organic food and supports growth of local food economies.
- Horticulture for Tomorrow
A Horticulture Australia Limited initiated project that provides information to growers about the issues and develop Australia’s first industry-wide guidelines for environmental management. This website provides information for Government, growers, industry leaders, general public and environment community in regards to major environmental activities undertaken through Horticulture for Tomorrow since 2004. Horticulture for Tomorrow, in collaboration with industry, has developed a program based on Environmental Assurance (EA) principles. See also the Case Study.
- Department of Primary industries Sustainabe Agriculture Information Sheet
To ensure the horticultural industries are sustainable, management strategies need to encapsulate practices that minimise impacts on the environment. Some of the key elements of farm management and the sustainability issues relating to them are discussed in this Primefact.
- Bridging the Gap: Food Policy and the Environment (Horticulture Australia Ltd)