Reducing Food Waste
The United States wastes a staggering amount of food, resulting in environmental problems, billions in economic costs, and a lost opportunity to help feed the 50 million Americans who are food insecure. In September 2015, USDA, EPA, and FDA announced the first-ever domestic goal to halve food loss and waste by 2030. I'm proud to lead my colleagues in Congress by pushing legislation to address this problem, including:
In 2018, I launched Congress’s first-ever Bipartisan Food Recovery Caucus. And the 2018 Farm Bill included my provisions to create the first full-time food loss and waste liaison at USDA, a composting and food waste reduction pilot program, and the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) to reduce on-farm waste.
I'm proud that many food waste initiatives I've been pushing for were included in the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis's first-ever comprehensive report on climate change, such as the School Food Recovery Act, the Food Date Labeling Act, the Kids Eat Local Act, the Food Recovery Act, and the Agriculture Resilience Act.