Reps. Young, Pingree Launch Bipartisan Food Waste Caucus
Today, Congressman David Young and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) launched a House Food Waste Caucus to explore opportunities to reduce food waste.
“Many Iowans struggle to put food on the table while we also waste significant amounts of food each day," said Congressman Young. "I’m proud to join Rep. Pingree to find commonsense solutions to reuse leftover or expired food and to find ways to reduce the amount of food needlessly dumped into landfills.
“Food waste is a staggering problem and a lost opportunity. It wastes resources, takes a toll on the environment, and costs families, farmers, and businesses billions of dollars each year. And it’s unthinkable that perfectly good food is going to waste when 50 million Americans don’t always know where their next meal will come from,” said Congressman Pingree. “I’m proud to launch this bipartisan caucus to identify commonsense solutions for preventing food waste and putting food to good use instead of pitching it into a landfill.”
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 Research Service study found that U.S. consumers waste almost one pound of food per person per day.
The bipartisan House Food Waste Caucus will look at ways to promote food waste reduction across the food supply chain; provide educational opportunities to congressional members and staff; support efforts to reduce food waste at federal agencies including USDA and EPA; and collaborate with diverse stakeholders to highlight food waste success stories.