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New Report: Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 Farm Bill

New Report: Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 Farm Bill

By | May 4th, 2017 | Blogs, FPA Blogs & News |


The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, with support from Food Policy Action and ReFED, released Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 Farm Bill, which outlines 17 recommendations that Congress can implement to tackle food waste in the next farm bill. 40% of food in the U.S. ends up in the…


The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, with support from Food Policy Action and ReFED, released Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 ...

The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, with support from Food Policy Action and ReFED, released Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 Farm Bill, which outlines 17 recommendations that Congress can implement to tackle food waste in the next farm bill. 40% of food in the U.S. ends up in the landfill instead of on our plates, and it costs us $218 billion each year to produce, process, transport, and dispose of this waste. But there are ample opportunities to turn this around.

The farm bill is an omnibus package of federal legislation, reauthorized every 5 to 7 years, that shapes virtually every aspect of our food and agricultural system. But although it allocates nearly $500 billion every 5 years, not a single dollar is spent to ensure that the food we produce actually makes it to our plates. In 2015, USDA and EPA announced the first-ever U.S. food waste reduction goal—a bold and aggressive target of halving our food waste by 2030. As the first farm bill to be passed since the announcement of that goal, the 2018 Farm Bill offers a critical opportunity for Congress to take concrete steps to break our food waste habit. With preparations for the 2018 Farm Bill already under way, now is the time to rethink the role the federal government should play in reducing food waste to protect people, preserve our planet, and increase profits.

Opportunities to Reduce Food Waste in the 2018 Farm Bill presents a range of different solutions, from small modifications that add food waste reduction opportunities to established programs, to new initiatives or programs that could catalyze larger-scale food waste action and awareness. The report offers Congress a menu of options to reduce the astonishing amount of U.S. food waste for the good of the American people, the planet, and the economy.

Click here to download the report.

Weakening Child Nutrition Standards and Delaying Menu Labeling Requirements Drops the Ball on Food Policy Progress

Weakening Child Nutrition Standards and Delaying Menu Labeling Requirements Drops the Ball on Food Policy Progress

By | May 2nd, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


FPA tells Administration to stop giving in to corporate interests at the expense of America’s health WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017)— Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from acting Executive Director Willy Ritch expressing disappointment at the lack of follow-through by the USDA and FDA on bipartisan commitments to nutrition standards and…


FPA tells Administration to stop giving in to corporate interests at the expense of America’s health WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017)— Today, Food Pol...

FPA tells Administration to stop giving in to corporate interests at the expense of America’s health

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017)— Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from acting Executive Director Willy Ritch expressing disappointment at the lack of follow-through by the USDA and FDA on bipartisan commitments to nutrition standards and menu labeling requirements:

“It was very disappointing to learn yesterday that the Administration is dragging its feet on child nutrition standards and menu labeling requirements. The USDA and FDA completely dropped the ball with these decisions. We understand needing flexibility, but these decisions roll back progress on nutrition that have bipartisan support. Kids need more healthy options and consumers need more transparency—not less healthy food and less transparency.

“Adding sugary milk, lowering whole grain nutrition standards and putting more sodium back on lunch trays in our schools is a big step backwards. And the FDA’s delay in menu labeling improvements puts corporate interests ahead of consumers and keeps consumers in the dark about the calories and ingredients in their food.

“These two decisions are concerning. We urge the Administration to stop giving into corporate interest at the expense of America’s health, and we ask Congress to stand up to help us prevent more rollbacks by the Administration on healthy food access.”

Food Policy Action Statement on Confirmation of USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

Food Policy Action Statement on Confirmation of USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

By | May 1st, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Statement by FPA Executive Director Willy Ritch WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Director Willy Ritch on the confirmation of Sonny Perdue as USDA Secretary: “We are pleased that a USDA Secretary has finally been confirmed today. We listened carefully to the promises Secretary Purdue made…


Statement by FPA Executive Director Willy Ritch WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Dir...

Statement by FPA Executive Director Willy Ritch

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Director Willy Ritch on the confirmation of Sonny Perdue as USDA Secretary:

“We are pleased that a USDA Secretary has finally been confirmed today. We listened carefully to the promises Secretary Purdue made during his confirmation hearings and we hope he lives up to those commitments. The food movement is more important than ever, and FPA is going to keep pushing to improve policy and arm the public with information they need to hold policymakers, including the USDA, accountable. We congratulate Secretary Purdue on his confirmation and look forward to working with him to protect and improve important food and farming programs.”

Award-Winning Chefs Come to D.C., Urge Congress to Create Smarter Food Policy

Award-Winning Chefs Come to D.C., Urge Congress to Create Smarter Food Policy

By | April 27th, 2017 | Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |


Plate of the Union kicks off healthy food and clean water campaign, bringing over 30 chefs – including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern – to Capitol Hill WASHINGTON – Plate of the Union, a campaign to shift federal food policy to better serve all Americans, kicked off today with more than 30 top…


Plate of the Union kicks off healthy food and clean water campaign, bringing over 30 chefs – including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern ...

Plate of the Union kicks off healthy food and clean water campaign, bringing over 30 chefs – including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern – to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON – Plate of the Union, a campaign to shift federal food policy to better serve all Americans, kicked off today with more than 30 top U.S. chefs convening on Capitol Hill to promote nutrition programs, clean drinking water and other environmental protections, consumer transparency, and standards that improve food safety and accessibility.

Food Policy Action Education Fund and the Environmental Working Group sponsored the kickoff of the campaign. Chef and food advocate Tom Colicchio, co-founder of FPA-EF, hosted the top chefs for a Plate of the Union farm bill summit and advocacy day on Capitol Hill.

The campaign is focused on raising awareness among lawmakers and consumers to promote a smarter approach to food policy ahead of the next farm bill, which Congress will begin debating in the coming months.

“For too many Americans, access to affordable, healthy and safe food is out of reach,” Colicchio said. “And it’s because Washington has been implementing backwards food and farming policy for decades. We are here to say enough is enough.”

Ken Cook, president of EWG and co-chair of FPA-EF, said consumers – not just Congress and agribusiness lobbyists – should have a voice in federal food policy.

“The nearly $1 trillion farm bill is really a food bill, profoundly affecting any American who eats, which means everyone,” said Cook. “We want our tax dollars spent to feed hungry kids safe, healthy and affordable food. We want everyone to have access to clean drinking water. And we want more local organic foods grown without unnecessary antibiotics and harmful fertilizers and pesticides.”

“This campaign is about protecting our basic right to healthy food, programs that will help end hunger in America, vital nutrition programs like SNAP, funding for healthy fruits and vegetables, and protecting the environment and our economy,” said José Andrés, an award-winning Washington chef.

“Ensure good, healthy, affordable and safe food for all Americans. It is that simple,” said chef Andrew Zimmern. “It is a right we should all be fighting for.”

The Plate of the Union campaign believes food and farm policies should fight hunger and food insecurity, revitalize land and reduce food waste, grow more organic food, and invest in clean water and healthy animals. These pillars stand up for healthy food, farms, families and communities.

Over the next year, the campaign will be back in Washington to make sure Congress gets the message that it’s time to make big changes to America’s food system that benefit consumers and the environment.

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Food Policy Action Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization that is a separate sister organization of Food Policy Action. Its mission is to provide a platform for public education and engagement on the impacts of federal policy on the food system.

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Its mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.

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