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Greenworld – Summer 2016-2017

News

Awards to horticulturists announced

The Australian Institute of Horticulture

presented its annual awards of excellence at a

gala dinner in Cairns on November 24.

This year’s top award, the Golden Wattle,

was presented to media personality Jane

Edmanson.

Jane, who was in Cairns for the

presentation, announced she would be

stepping down from presenting her long-

running talkback gardening show on radio

3AW in Melbourne. Her final show goes

to air on December 10. Jane says she plans

to continue to be a presenter on

Gardening

Australia

on ABC TV in 2017.

The Silver Gum award is an award that

recognises a member of the Institute or of

the wider horticulture community, whose

horticultural work has made a difference

as an educator, through the promotion of

Australian flora, through improvements to the

industry or has made improvements to how

we live by using horticulture as a tool, policy

or strategy.

This year’s recipient is Professor Roderick

Drew MAIH, from Griffith University in

Queensland, who was acknowledged for his

important work in tropical fruits and also

for his role as President of the International

Society for Horticultural Science and his

involvement in the organisation of the ISHS

symposia in Cairns. He is also President

of the Australian Society for Horticultural

Science, a member of the International

Society for Plant Biotechnology, a Registered

Horticulturist with the Australian Institute of

Horticulture and a Fellow of the Queensland

Academy of Arts and Science.

Horticulturist of the Year was presented to

Simon Leake from Sydney Environmental

Soil Laboratories (SESL) in Sydney for his

huge contribution to amenity horticulture

and for his work in soil science.

Other award recipients included Paul

Kirkpatrick, Estate Gardening, NSW, who

received an Award of Excellence and Jack

Hutchinson, Honeysuckle Garden Centre,

NSW, who is BBM Student of the Year. More

information can be found at

www.aih.org.au

.

New book on ginkgo seeks funding

Photographer Jianming (Jimmy) Shen

from Hangzhou in China has written and

illustrated an ebook about the ginkgo tree.

The book,

Ginkgo, Melody of Nature

, is

described as a photographic journey to the

origin of ginkgo, East China, is bilingual

(Chinese and English) and explores the

folklore and wisdom associated with this

ancient native and long-lived Chinese tree

through photographs.

He is now seeking crowd funding to bring it

to print and is seeking US$12,000. Since the

launch on November 1, it has raised $2000.

He is offering perks of an ebook and 10 cards

for $6 to backers.

Based in China and without access to Facebook,

Twitter and YouTube, Jimmy is also hoping that

others will spread his crowd-funding appeal.

To fund the book go to

www.indiegogo.com/

projects/ginkgo-picture-book#/.

Organic food sector grows in Europe and US

The agricultural investment bank, Rabobank,

has reported strong growth in the organic

food sector in the northern hemisphere.

The organic food industry in Western

Europe and the US has been experiencing

a prolonged period of high single-digit to

low double-digit sales growth—and, on the

back of ongoing health, food safety, and

environmental and animal welfare concerns

by consumers—Rabobank expects this trend

to continue.

“Until 2025, organic food sales in Western

Europe and the US are forecast to grow (CAGR)

by 6.7 per cent and 7.6 per cent, which is

roughly three times faster than overall food

consumption growth,” says John David Roeg,

Senior Consumer Foods Analyst at Rabobank.

“Food producers should increase their focus on

organic, through new products and brands, or

through the reformulation of existing products to

help grow their top lines. This will also help them

to position themselves as responsible businesses.”

Short-term growth in the US is somewhat

higher, but a prolonged, much higher growth

rate is unlikely, as the supply chain is currently

not sufficiently established.

“The study looks in particular at the situation

in Western Europe and the US,” said John,

who said that the study hasn’t considered what’s

happening in Asia and Australia.

“We know that organic is also growing in

Australia (and China, Japan and South Korea),

but took it out of our scope for now,” he added.

Jane Edmanson.

Simon Leake.

Prof. Rod Drew.

Paul KIrkpatrick.

Jack Hutchinson.