Economic

A healthy ecology is the basis of a healthy economy.

 

We believe environmentally and socially good practices support profits. They can increase yields, farms’ capital values and their potential for alternative enterprises. They can also improve team productivity and staff retention, and lower economic risks, both in the short and long term.

Emphasising sustainable returns over temporary gains

We believe in emphasising sustainable returns over temporary gains.

 

We want to manage our land in the most sustainable and optimal way. This requires time and resources, but we are confident it will provide us with profits in the long term, and more importantly, it will improve the land for future generations.

 

In our forests in Romania, we have begun focusing on thinning forest areas with younger stands. This will in the long term provide us with better forests and consequently higher income in a 50-80 year view.

Minimise input and maximise output

We seek to minimise our use of fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.

 

For example, crop management that improves soil fertility through judicious use of fertiliser, not only reduces nutrient input requirements but also helps maintain soil organic matter, which contributes to improved habitats for soil organisms, pollutant filtering, and a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions.

In the United States we are working with a team of experts on optimising the use of fertiliser in our pistachio orchards, while maintaining high yields and long-term tree vitality.

 

 

 

Less consumption and greener sources of energy

We seek to minimise our use of energy, and we therefore try to use the most energy-efficient technologies.

 

We also pursue alternative energies according to their regional suitability and their aesthetic qualities.

 

In New Zealand we have built a hydro-power plant. It will produce 535MW per year, which is enough to power 100 houses based on average New Zealand usage.

 

Ingleby New Zealand uses 180MW per year, so the hydro plant will more than cover our energy needs.

Less waste, with responsible disposal

We follow the mantra ‘avoid, reduce, re-use and recycle.’

 

We focus on re-using waste on-site, profiting from waste with value to others, and investigating green methods of disposal.

 

We also try to educate our local communities on responsible waste management. In collaboration with local schools in Romania we have arranged very successful garbage collection days.

 

We are committed to commercial farming that cares for people and nature