Consumer demand for the provision of evidence-based ethical and sustainable practices from their food producers to limit food waste, packaging, and boosting water and energy efficiency have been captured in a new Australian-Grown Horticulture Sustainability Framework and is in alignment with the United Nations‘ Sustainable Development Goals.
The Horticulture Sustainability Framework was developed over 12 months and involved input from more than 600 producers, employees, industry peak bodies, service and input suppliers, and researchers. Financers and investors, marketers and exporters, retailers, governments and consumers also had input. All groups shared very similar sustainability priorities. The next step is to measure the sector’s current performance against each indicator identified in the framework.