Our macadamia growers are committed to clean, green production and the world’s best practice farming methods to help create a sustainable future, not only for themselves but also for the communities in which they work. In everything we do, we are mindful of our responsibility to current and future generations.
We invest millions of dollars annually in ongoing scientific research towards continually improving all parts of the growing and production process.
We lead the way in biological control on-farm (using natural methods to manage pests and diseases) and actively encourage our growers to look to organic and alternative solutions in the management of their orchards, including the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to control pests and reduce the use of pesticides.
Our record speaks for itself in this area – for the last 20 years we’ve received a 100% clean bill of health in the Federal Government’s National Residue Survey, which monitors residues of agricultural chemicals and environmental contaminants in Australian food commodities. This record is unmatched by any other Australian fresh product.
Our macadamia growers are passionate about conserving the water, soil, air, native vegetation and wildlife.
The macadamia industry is one of the major horticultural economic contributors to the many regions in which we operate, injecting millions of dollars into these economies every year. In some regions, the industry contributes to as many as 40% of local businesses. We’re also committed to giving back to our local communities, supporting local food festivals, speaking at local schools and working with community groups to protect endangered species like the koala.
Our industry, via the Macadamia Conservation Trust (MCT), is passionate about protecting and conserving wild native macadamia trees in their native habitat for future generations.
It is estimated that over 80% of Australia’s wild macadamias have been lost since European settlement. Four species of native macadamias can still be found in small isolated remnants of rainforest between Lismore and Bundaberg.
Our conservation efforts have resulted in the development of a Species Recovery Plan which became the first conservation plan developed by a farming body to receive formal recognition from the Australian Government. The plan is being implemented under the project name Wild About Macadamias which is being funded by the MCT and generous donations by individual macadamia growers and macadamia businesses, non-government organisations and Hort Innovation. Additional funding and resources have also come from local councils including Gympie, Scenic Rim, Tweed and Logan.
To read more about why we need to conserve macadamias and how you can help, go to the MCT website.
This website has been partly funded by Hort Innovation, using the macadamia research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.