Saturday, June 3, 2017
FARM BILL COULD ADDRESS FOOD WASTE
Government agencies such as the USDA and the EPA set a goal in 2015 to reduce food waste by half by the year 2030. A new report by the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic suggests that the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill presents Congress with an opportunity to prioritize the topic of food waste, identifying four areas of focus: food waste reduction, food recovery and redistribution, food waste recycling, and food waste reduction administration. The report recommends modifying existing legislation, or creating new legislation, that will allocate funding to create awareness about food waste and incentivize behavior. Among their proposals, the report’s authors call for federally standardized quality and safety labeling and providing funds to educate and incentivize elementary and secondary schools, huge sources of food waste at more than 360,000 tons of wasted food per year; and grants to support state and local efforts of organic waste bans and waste prevention plans, as well as provide financial support for recycling infrastructure and technology.