Winnow has just joined the Australian Food Pact: a multi-year commitment to reducing food waste. The agreement brings together organisations in pre-competitive collaboration to develop and share solutions in Australia and implement change at scale. Winnow has joined the collaboration alongside other organisations such as Compass Group, and OZ Harvest.
The Australian Food Pact is hosted by Stop Food Waste Australia - a partnership of organisations, such as WRAP and Australian Government’s Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, who all are committed to cutting food waste in half by 2030.This aligns with UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 to cut global food waste in half, per capita, by 2030.
It is estimated that one third of food that we produce globally is wasted, and this remains true for Australia. In fact, it is estimated by the United National Food and Agriculture Organisation that 35% of the food grown for human consumption in Australia is wasted. Annual food waste costs the economy roughly $36.6 billion per year, weighing approximately 7.6 million tonnes, and accounting for approximately 3% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Like the rest of the world, Australia is also experiencing food inflation. It is at a three-decade high and had increased by 7.3 percent by the end of last year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This, alongside global warming, affects everyone in the food supply chain, from hospitality businesses to farmers not able to grow the crops they need. Not to mention, an estimated 3.6 million Australians already experience food insecurity, and rising food prices might put more at risk.
Winnow, alongside the organisations taking part in the Australian Food Pact, will therefore work to minimise the impact of food waste to the people and planet by cutting food waste in half.
“Stop Food Waste Australia welcomes Winnow Solutions to the Australian Food Pact and thanks them for committing their time and resources to the bold and important goal of halving Australia’s food waste by 2030,” says Mark Barthel, SFWA Chief Operating Officer.