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Zero Food Waste Coalition

Mon Apr 25 2022

New report on reducing food waste in the 2023 Farm Bill

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. To view a two-page overview of this report, please see here.

Every year, Americans waste one third of all food produced in or imported to the United States. Producing this wasted food consumes around 20% of all freshwater and cropland in the United States and generates around 270 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions––equivalent to as much as 58 million cars. Recovering just 30% of this wasted food could feed every food insecure American—about 50 million people in 2020.

“Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2023 Farm Bill” details how Congress can prioritize food waste reduction through the 2023 Farm Bill.

The 2023 Farm Bill offers a critical opportunity for Congress to take concrete steps to reduce food waste to reach our national goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030, while also supporting our environment, a circular food economy, and food security.

To view a two-page overview of these recommendations, please see here. For a recording of the recent webinar on the key recommendations of this report, please see below:

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Farm Bill Food Waste 2023 Policy Priorities