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Goterra is building a circular economy to radically reduce the impact of food waste on our planet

Food waste drives the climate crisis


A third of the food we produce goes to waste

In Australia, we waste 7.6 million tonnes a year. Most of it ends up in landfill, where it rots and produces methane. This potent greenhouse gas has 24 times the global warming potential of CO2.


Food waste has a massive carbon footprint

Globally, food waste accounts for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions. Some of that comes from storing food and dumping waste in landfill. It’s costing the world’s economy close to $940 billion a year.


The world needs more food and lower emissions

We need to produce 70% more protein by 2050 to feed the population. At the same time, we need to radically reduce emissions from agriculture and food waste to meet Paris targets.

Solving the food waste crisis

We imagined a way to solve the food waste crisis that’s circular and sustainable by design.

We created modular waste management infrastructure to farm black soldier fly larvae at the site waste is produced. Larvae inside the units convert food waste to protein and fertiliser in 12 days. We feed these natural products to animals and crops, putting food on our table.

Circle diagram with icons, starts at food consumption, leads to food waste, waste infrastructure, black soldier fly larvae, insect protein and fertiliser, animals and cops, and back to food consumption.


Adding value to the food chain

Our technology recovers the value from waste after it leaves the table, factory or store. We’re reducing the environmental impact while creating a new high-value food. It’s more valuable than producing compost, soil or biogas, and moves food waste up the waste hierarchy.

Upside-down pyramid diagram with icons has landfill at the bottom, then compost, soils and biogas, then feeding animals and insects (Goterra's solution highlighted), then feeding people, then reducing waste.

See how we're building a circular economy

The beauty of insects is that they’re nature’s converters. They’re designed to do this job. The challenge for us was getting robots to do this as well as nature does.

Now they’re working in tandem to remake the whole system.

Our mission

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We're building the circular economy to solve the food waste crisis.

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