Saving the Monarch Butterfly: The Efforts by MHAIA to Reforest Michoacán
MHAIA and the avocado industry in Mexico are committed to the environment and sustainable development of the avocado producing region. This commitment to responsible farming and sustainable practices goes beyond the protection and conservation of the land and environment, with initiatives that procure the economic security of the communities in Michoacán and ensure the quality of Mexican avocados.
MHAIA, in partnership with the Association of Avocado Exporting Producers and Packers of Mexico (APEAM), not only follows all U.S. and Mexican regulations and guidelines related to pest control, deforestation and other important environmental and labor matters, but also has proactive initiatives and partnerships that contribute to a sustainable development of the avocado producing communities, including a partnership with LaCruz Habitat Protection Project (dba Forests For Monarchs).
MHAIA has been the foremost benefactor of Forests For Monarchs since 2017. With this partnership 1.4 million trees have been planted in and around the biosphere and watersheds of Michoacán to protect the natural habitat of the monarch butterfly. With MHAIA’s support, 3,153 acres across 66 communities in Michoacán have been positively impacted with the trees enjoying an impressive survival rate of more than 65%. Education on responsible farming and conservation practices is also a priority for this partnership.