Young joins Secretary Perdue at Food Waste round table
Iowa Congressman David Young joined Agriculture Secretary Perdue for a round table discussion on ways to reduce food waste. Last week, Congressman Young and Congresswoman Pingree started the Food Waste Caucus.
"Today's discussion was the next step in working to stop food loss and waste at every step in the food chain. Forty percent of our nation's food supply is wasted and we must confront this issue at farms, grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and every step in between," said Congressman Young. "I don't just want something to do, I want to do something which will create a meaningful change which reduces food waste and combats hunger."
“Our nation’s agricultural abundance should be used to nourish those in need, not fill the trash,”said Secretary Perdue. “So many people work on food waste issues in their own spheres, but it’s time to change the culture and adopt a holistic approach to get everyone working together and sharing ideas. I commend Reps. Pingree and Young for addressing this issue on Capitol Hill and for their desire to find collaborative, commonsense solutions. USDA remains committed to helping reduce food waste, and we are excited to work with all stakeholders from farm to fork to further elevate this effort and fulfill our motto, to ‘Do right and feed everyone.’”
The round table brought together policy makers with food banks, producers, restaurants, nonprofits, and other organizations to share what can be done to reduce food waste. The group discussed programs throughout the country, potential collaborations, and how the federal government can be helpful.
While food loss and waste eats up nearly 40% of the food supply in the U.S., millions of Americans need access to safe, wholesome, affordable food. Consumers are responsible for most food loss and waste in the U.S., racking up almost 90 billion pounds annually, or 20% of the U.S. food supply. The retail sector is responsible for about 10%, totaling 43 billion pounds.
In addition to Secretary Perdue and Rep. Pingree, representatives from the following groups were present: National Consumers League, Food Recovery Network, Harvard Food Law and Policy Center, Feeding America, YUM! Brands, Sodexo, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Reinford Farms, American Farm Bureau Federation, Spoiler Alert, and the World Resources Institute.