Feb 21, 2011

‘Unhealthy’ pesticide use lost as Macadamia industry massages media

The Valentine's Day Media Massage -- 15 minutes head and neck -- was part of the Australian Macadamia Society’s preparation for a coming campaign to market the humble nuts.

A group of 15 influential Australian food writers were treated to a Valentine’s Day love-in at an exclusive Byron resort last week, courtesy of a macadamia industry facing criticism over widespread use of dangerous chemicals.

The cream of the journalistic crop ate Bangalow pork and macadamia nut pesto at the famous Satiate restaurant and indulged in exquisite degustation at another top dining spot, in between visits to plantations and processing plants.

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6 thoughts on “‘Unhealthy’ pesticide use lost as Macadamia industry massages media

  1. zut alors

    ‘It will be fascinating to see how oleaginous the food writers’ coverage will be…’

    Yes, it will. Now that you’ve made us aware of the potentially damaging chemical crop-dusting I wonder if any of their publications will feature a separate coverage of it.

  2. nicolino

    Well that’s it for me. No more macadamia nuts. I like the bit about there being practically no government oversight. Why does this not surprise me as just about everything in Oz is so slack to the point of being dangerous.
    Clever country indeed!

  3. John Inglis

    Banana Republic? – no way.
    Nuts? – absolutely.
    How would you like them handled, uncle sam?

  4. scottyea

    Nice one Ray, and Crikey – if this kind of thing is going on right here in Australia you can only wonder about what goes on in other, less lucky countries. …

  5. shitesherlock

    Do the happy hippies of Byron know about this practice, right outside their doorstep? Didn’t know that the Macadamia industry in Oz are still back in the agricultural practices of the 70s. I’m looking at them nuts with suspicion from now on.

  6. Frank Campbell

    This is a rare commodity on Crikey: an environmental piece which is not climate cult propaganda.

    “government surveys find macadamia nuts have no pesticide residues, but it’s the impact of spraying on surrounding environments and communities that is of concern.”

    Macadamia nuts are a miniscule part of this endemic problem: aerial spraying is poorly regulated everywhere. Tree plantation companies are among the worst offenders. Essentially, corporate capitalism is given a free hand in the bush.

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