Skip to Content

Reducing Food Waste

Pingree, Brownley, Kuster, Booker Introduce Bills to Incentivize Sustainable Practices in Food Consumption

| Posted in Press Releases
Rep. Pingree in front of a produce section in a grocery store

Today, Congresswomen Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Julia Brownley (D-CA), and Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) introduced two bills, the Zero Food Waste Act and the Cultivating Organic Matter through the Promotion Of Sustainable Techniques (COMPOST) Act, to reduce the amount of food wasted in the U.S. and to redirect food waste to composting projects. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced companion legislation ...

Responding to Congresswoman Pingree’s Request, GAO Releases Food Date Labeling Report

| Posted in Press Releases

In response to request for study made by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) in October 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) today issued a report which confirmed food date labeling to be a significant source of consumer confusion and subsequently food waste. Pingree praised the report titled “Date Labels on Packaged Foods: USDA and FDA Cou...

Pingree, Newhouse, Co-Chairs of Bipartisan Congressional Food Recovery Caucus, Applaud Presidential Message Promoting Food Waste Reduction in April

| Posted in Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Dan Newhouse (R-Washington), the co-chairs of Bipartisan Congressional Food Recovery Caucus, welcomed President Trump’s announcement that his administration will focus on food waste reduction throughout April. The president’s official message states that food waste “undermines environmental stewardship and the ability of America...

Pingree Joins Secretary of Agriculture Perdue for Roundtable on Food Waste Reduction

| Posted in Press Releases

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) today joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, as well as her colleague Congressman David Young (R-IA) and stakeholders, for a roundtable discussion on the issue of food waste. “I applaud Secretary Perdue for exploring what USDA can do to help reduce the massive amount of food that goes to waste in the United States. As food waste is a cos...

Reps. Pingree, Young Launch Bipartisan Food Waste Caucus

| Posted in Press Releases

Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Congressman David Young (R-IA) launched a bipartisan House Food Waste Caucus to explore opportunities to reduce food waste. Last Friday was “Stop Food Waste Day,” an international day of action to address food waste. It is estimated that 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste. A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Re...

Pingree applauds release of new industry standards on food date labeling

| Posted in Press Releases

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree applauded new industry standards on food date labeling released today by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute. She will soon be reintroducing legislation to set a national uniform system for date labeling. “Per capita, food waste in the U.S. costs a family of four $1,500 every year. Much of that food is perfectly good to eat, but gets...

Pingree kicks off her efforts to reduce food waste in 115th Congress

| Posted in Press Releases

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree has kicked off her efforts in the new Congress to reduce food waste. She is an original cosponsor of a bipartisan bill, The Food Donation Act of 2017, introduced yesterday by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge to modernize food donation protections, and plans to reintroduce two food waste bills in the coming weeks. “Food waste in America is a staggering problem that costs con...

USDA issues new guidance on food date labeling

| Posted in Press Releases

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree applauded guidance the USDA released yesterday encouraging manufacturers to use a “Best if used by” date label. “It’s estimated that 30 percent of the food consumers purchase gets thrown out. Much of that waste has to do with confusion over the meaning of a barrage of inconsistent date labels—‘Best by,’ ‘Sell by,’ and ‘Use by’ among them. The USDA’s new guidance is w...

VIDEO: Pingree tells Congressional committee that reducing food waste calls for common sense solutions

| Posted in Press Releases

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree testified before the House Agriculture Committee today to kick off the first-ever Congressional hearing focused on the problem of food waste in the United States. "When good food goes to waste on the farm, it means the resources used to grow that food—fuel, labor and water—is also wasted. When it goes to waste in a local restaurant it means less revenue for the owner....

Back to top