Five Recent Developments In Horticulture

The horticulture industry in Australia continues to evolve and these are five recent developments that the industry is championing. Our goal at the Institute is to bring you some of the latest developments you may not yet have heard about and keep you informed about our dynamic and ever-changing industry.

 

1. The Good Mood Food

Hort Innovation has released an all-encompassing consumer campaign that aims to lift the appeal and consumption of horticultural products (fruit, vegetables and nuts) at a time when consumers are spending more time at home and potentially using more fresh produce. Read more..

 

2. Horticulture Sustainability Report

Following recent industry surveys, Hort Innovation has also released the Sustainability For Australian Grown Horticulture draft report, on which comments are open until the end of July 2020. What is revealing is that horticultural producers and consumers tend to value the same, important outcomes – clean food, healthy environments and quality. Read more..

 

3. Wine Industry Climate Change

The wine industry is deeply concerned about the rising impacts from climatic change – and we’ve seen the immense impacts on wines and grapes from fires, smoke taint and declining consumption over the last twelve months. The industry has released a mapping report titled ‘Australia’s Wine Future: A Climate Atlas’ showing the potential impacts on wine-grape regions including Australia. Read more..

 

4. Nursery Marketing Priorities Under COVID-19

The Nursery Industry continues to focus on consumers’ needs through COVID-19 and has renewed its focus on health and wellbeing benefits from plants, demand for which has held steady throughout the recent months. The industry has a four-part plan that maintains capacity in the industry through direct advocacy and industry support. Read more..

 


(image credit: ABC News/Nicola Delnevo)

5. Ants Pollinate Native Flowers

An interesting story in the news covered the discovery that ants are active pollinators of the native Conospermum, a discovery made by a PhD student in Perth. Research like this can open up new ways to use natural resources and the industry is backing efforts to support the use of non-honeybee pollinators including native bees, butterflies, and even ants. Read more..

 

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