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Presidential Candidates Increasing Focus on Food and Farm Issues Ahead of California Primary 

Presidential Candidates Increasing Focus on Food and Farm Issues Ahead of California Primary 

By | June 2nd, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


California’s Farmworker Population Feels the Pain of Unbalanced Policies  Oakland, CA – Plate of the Union coalition member and Director of HEAL Food Alliance, Navina Khanna released the following statement about the growing conversation around our nation’s food and farm policies in this year election season. “Ahead of the California primary next week, Plate of…


California's Farmworker Population Feels the Pain of Unbalanced Policies  Oakland, CA - Plate of the Union coalition member and Director of HEAL Food A...

California’s Farmworker Population Feels the Pain of Unbalanced Policies 

Oakland, CA – Plate of the Union coalition member and Director of HEAL Food Alliance, Navina Khanna released the following statement about the growing conversation around our nation’s food and farm policies in this year election season.

“Ahead of the California primary next week, Plate of the Union has been pleased to see the presidential candidates talking about food and farm policies. California knows first hand how out of balance our food system is. We grow half of the nation’s produce, and we’re home to one third of the nation’s farmworkers, whose low wages makes them and other food workers 50% more likely to rely on government assistance such as food stamps than workers in other industries. Food and farming issues not only impact the health of our economy but also our families and our children,” said Navina Khanna, Director of HEAL Food Alliance and Plate of the Union coalition member.

“That’s why Plate of the Union is pushing presidential candidates to make these issues more prominent not only in the lead up to the California primary, but throughout the election season, and into the start of the next administration. Our next president has a responsibility to take on these issues and prioritize new food and farm policies that will help bolster our economy, improve our food system and drive down alarming health concerns like hunger, the growing rate of type-2 diabetes and the decreased life expectancy for our kids. The cost of inaction is too great for our families and our country.”

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About Plate of the Union: Plate of the Union is a collaborative campaign driven by Food Policy Action, Food Policy Action Education Fund, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the HEAL Food Alliance to raise the voice of Americans who care about food and farm issues during this election season. More can be found atwww.plateoftheunion.com

Tom Colicchio on America’s staggering waste of food on the PBS NewsHour

Tom Colicchio on America’s staggering waste of food on the PBS NewsHour

By | June 2nd, 2016 | Blogs, FPA Blogs & News |


From the PBS NewsHour: The United States wastes roughly 70 billion pounds of food every year, an estimated quarter of all food produced in the country. Now, TV “Top Chef” Tom Colicchio aims to bring the issue to the highest levels of government with his “Food Policy Action” group. Political director Lisa Desjardins talks to…


From the PBS NewsHour: The United States wastes roughly 70 billion pounds of food every year, an estimated quarter of all food produced in the country....

From the PBS NewsHour: The United States wastes roughly 70 billion pounds of food every year, an estimated quarter of all food produced in the country. Now, TV “Top Chef” Tom Colicchio aims to bring the issue to the highest levels of government with his “Food Policy Action” group. Political director Lisa Desjardins talks to Colicchio about how he plans to end American food wastage.

In addition to the PBS NewsHour, Tom and the celebrity chefs who joined the Food Policy Action Education Fund on Capitol Hill were featured in numerous publications across the country, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Top Chefs On Capitol Hill To Urge Congress To Act Now To Reduce Food Waste

Top Chefs On Capitol Hill To Urge Congress To Act Now To Reduce Food Waste

By | May 25th, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Leading food waste advocates join chef Tom Colicchio and FPA-EF to urge lawmakers to take action now and leverage the ReFED Roadmap for food waste reduction Washington, D.C. – Today, national food policy organization, Food Policy Action Education Fund (FPA-EF) and its co-founder chef Tom Colicchio are walking the halls of Congress with our nation’s…


Leading food waste advocates join chef Tom Colicchio and FPA-EF to urge lawmakers to take action now and leverage the ReFED Roadmap for food waste reductio...

Leading food waste advocates join chef Tom Colicchio and FPA-EF to urge lawmakers to take action now and leverage the ReFED Roadmap for food waste reduction

Washington, D.C. – Today, national food policy organization, Food Policy Action Education Fund (FPA-EF) and its co-founder chef Tom Colicchio are walking the halls of Congress with our nation’s top chefs and food waste advocates for a day of action on Capitol Hill to educate lawmakers on food waste reduction in the American food system. Advocates will use data and insights from Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data’s (ReFED) Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, released in March, to push for common sense action that can be taken now to address this urgent and very solvable problem.

“Food waste is a more than $200 billion dollar problem in America. It hurts the economy, our environment and our people,” said Tom Colicchio, food advocate, FPA-EF co-founder and “Top Chef” head judge. “As chefs, it’s in our best interest to make sure safe, edible product does not go unused. We are here to help Congress understand that it’s in our country’s best interest to do the same. I am happy that so many chefs and leading experts are here with me today to help drive positive, bipartisan change.”

A staggering 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. is never eaten. This waste and loss imposes burdensome costs on our environment, businesses, government and taxpayers. America spends 1.3% of its GDP growing, processing and transporting food that goes to waste. Meanwhile, as more than 60 million tons of food is thrown out, one in seven Americans is food insecure. FPA-EF views this challenge as a call for America to do better and is working with chefs and leading advocates across the country to help raise awareness and promote food waste reduction.

Last year USDA/EPA issued a nationwide target to reduce U.S. food waste by 50% in 2030. ReFED’s Roadmap shows an achievable path to a 20% reduction of food waste within a decade through 27 cost-effective, feasible, and scalable solutions that could be implemented today to generate thousands of new jobs, bolster the economy, and divert 13 million tons from landfills and on-farm losses.

“Food waste is a major untapped resource to help achieve three critical national priorities – hunger alleviation, innovation to boost economic growth, and water and resource conservation,” explained Jesse Fink, Trustee, The Fink Family Foundation and one of a dozen ReFED funders. “We were invited to help educate Congress on the Roadmap and its federal policy reform recommendations that have broad multi-stakeholder support to build ‘a new food waste economy.’”

Today’s fly-in is being held in tandem with a first of its kind House Agriculture Full Committee hearing assessing food waste from farm to table. The award-winning chefs and food waste advocates joining Tom Colicchio and Jesse Fink are: Chef Victor Albisu (DC), Chef Mourad Lahlou (CA), Chef Spike Mendelsohn (DC), Chef Patrick Mulvaney (CA), Chef Steven Satterfield (GA), Chef Kevin Sbraga (PA), COPIA CEO Komal Ahmad (CA), NRDC Senior Advocate JoAnne Berkenkamp (MN), Wasted Food author Jonathan Bloom (NC), NRDC Scientist and Waste Free Kitchen author Dana Gunders (CA), MissionPoint Capital Partners Managing Director Adam Rein (MA), and FPA-EF Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina (IL).

The group is meeting with 22 Senate and House offices and delivering a petition with over 4000 chef and food advocate signatures asking Congress to enact smart food waste reduction policies that will help create thousands of jobs, alleviate hunger and conserve energy and resources. At an intimate evening reception with special guest U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME), the group will continue to educate lawmakers with a tasting of recovered food dishes conceived by D.C.-area chefs Victor Albisu, José Andres, Amy Brandwein, and Spike Mendelsohn. As public awareness about this issue grows, FPA-EF is urging Congress to show leadership to help drive more bipartisan solutions and market signals that can move the dial forward in food waste reduction ahead of the 2018 Farm Bill.

“We need Congress to be part of the solution,” Colicchio said. “We applaud the House Agriculture Committee for leading the charge and working across the aisle to reduce food waste, which will reduce hunger, bolster the economy and help farmers. Reducing food waste today can make a huge positive difference for our food system tomorrow.”

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About Food Policy Action Education Fund: Food Policy Action Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) whose mission it is to provide a platform for public education and engagement on the impacts of federal policy on the food system. Its sister organization, Food Policy Action, a 501(c)(4) was established in 2012 by a collaboration of national food policy leaders in order to hold legislators accountable for their votes on a broad range of food policy issues through the publication of the National Food Policy Scorecard. For more information and additional tools and resources, visit www.foodpolicyaction.org.

About ReFED: Formed in 2015, Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data (ReFED) is a collaboration of over 30 business, nonprofit and government leaders committed to reducing U.S. food waste by up to 50% by 2030. In March 2016, ReFED released the Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste – the first-ever national economic study of food waste to provide a feasible guide for action. ReFED’s recommended solutions seek to unlock new philanthropic and investment capital, along with technology and policy innovation, to catalyze over 15,000 new jobs, recover nearly two billion meals for the hungry, and achieve significant reductions in our national water use and greenhouse gas emissions. For more information and additional tools and resources, visit www.refed.com.

Food Policy Action Denounces Political House Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

Food Policy Action Denounces Political House Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

By | May 18th, 2016 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Statement by FPA Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina WASHINGTON, DC — Today the House Education and Workforce Committee released out of markup a political Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill—Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003)—that would roll back years of progress on child nutrition and deny large numbers of low-income children access…


Statement by FPA Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina WASHINGTON, DC — Today the House Education and Workforce Committee released out of markup ...

Statement by FPA Executive Director Claire Benjamin DiMattina

WASHINGTON, DC — Today the House Education and Workforce Committee released out of markup a political Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill—Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003)—that would roll back years of progress on child nutrition and deny large numbers of low-income children access to the nutritious meals they need for their health and learning.

“Today’s passage of H.R. 5003 by the House Education and Workforce committee is unacceptable,” said Claire Benjamin DiMattina, FPA Executive Director. “We urge Congress to stop this harmful bill in its tracks and put our nation’s children ahead of politics. Turning back advances in our child nutrition programs is not putting children first. We need to move forward, not backward. Healthy food for kids shouldn’t be political, and we will continue to fight for a bill that ensures all children have access to nutritious meals at school.”

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