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Zero Food Waste Coalition Hosts First In-Person Advocacy Event on Capitol Hill

Mon Mar 25 2024

Last week, the Zero Food Waste Coalition hosted a two-day advocacy event on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. The first-of-its-kind event which took place on March 19 and 20, included a legislative training session, coordinated Congressional meetings, and a reception.

Broad Food Industry Support for Food Date Labeling Act

Tue Feb 13 2024

Over 23 industry supporters have signed the Zero Food Waste Coalition’s open letter urging Congress to support the bipartisan Food Date Labeling Act of 2023 (H.R.3159, S.1484) (FDLA) and encourage them to include it in the upcoming Farm Bill. The FDLA aims to reduce food waste by establishing a standardized dual date-labeling scheme for food products in the United States that have date labels. Major food industry businesses, including Albertsons Companies, Walmart, and Nestlé USA, have signed the letter, which cites that standardizing and streamlining date labels is one of the most cost-effective methods to prevent the wasting of surplus, wholesome food.

Zero Food Waste Coalition Submits Comments on the Draft National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics

Fri Feb 02 2024

This week, the Zero Food Waste Coalition (ZFWC) submitted comments on the EPA, USDA, and FDA’s Draft National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics. The goals of this strategy are to prevent food loss and waste; increase the recycling rate of food and other organic materials; reduce GHG emissions; save households and businesses money; and build cleaner, healthier communities.

Zero Food Waste Coalition Releases Open Letter Urging Congress to Reauthorize the Farm Bill in 2024

Wed Jan 17 2024

Today, the Zero Food Waste Coalition, released an open letter to Congress encouraging them to take swift action to reauthorize the Farm Bill in 2024, as well as recommending specific improvements for food loss and waste provisions.

Zero Food Waste Coalition celebrates restored funding for the Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production in Senate-Passed Bill

Mon Dec 04 2023

The Zero Food Waste Coalition is proud to have been a part of the organizations, community advocates, and Congressional members who tirelessly advocated for the restoration of funding of the Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production in the Senate-passed Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill. This office oversees and funds the Composting and Food Waste Reduction Cooperative Agreements and the Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Competitive Grant Program. The coalition sincerely thanks Chairwoman Stabenow and the bipartisan co-sponsors of her amendment for their leadership and persistence.

Zero Food Waste Coalition Releases Climate Pollution Reduction Grants Toolkit; Encourages Prioritization of Food Loss & Waste

Fri Dec 01 2023

Over the past few months, the Zero Food Waste Coalition (ZFWC) has been encouraging and assisting organizations in asking their local agencies to prioritize initiatives designed to combat food loss and waste through the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRGs).

Zero Food Waste Coalition Endorses NO TIME TO Waste Act, Urges Legislative Solutions for Food Waste

Sun Oct 01 2023

Members of Congress today introduced the NO TIME TO Waste Act to address the issue of food loss and waste in the United States through a variety of measures. With the United States’ pledge to halve food loss and waste by 2030 quickly approaching, the Zero Food Waste Coalition enthusiastically endorses this legislation as integral to implementing nationwide solutions to food loss and waste.

Zero Food Waste Coalition Highlights State Policy Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste

Tue May 16 2023

New toolkit shares proven, actionable solutions to inspire state policymakers and advocates to reduce food waste, confront climate change, and tackle food insecurity.

New report on reducing food waste in the 2023 Farm Bill

Mon Apr 25 2022

Today, the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), ReFED, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), released “Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2023 Farm Bill,” which outlines 22 recommendations that Congress can implement to tackle food waste in the next Farm Bill.

The Zero Food Waste Act introduced in Congress

Thu Jul 15 2021

The Zero Food Waste Act introduced by Representatives Julia Brownley (CA), Ann McLane Kuster (NH), Chellie Pingree (ME), and Senator Cory Booker (NJ) would advance a core element of the Food Loss and Waste Action Plan. The Act would provide state governments, Native nations, and local communities with an alternative to sending food waste to landfills and incinerators and support building out the nation’s food waste management infrastructure—creating quality new jobs, and significantly reducing GHG emissions.