Recent legislation introduced in the Senate aims to dramatically reduce the amount of food being wasted in the U.S. The Food Recovery Act, sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), includes measures to educate consumers about food waste, nudge school cafeterias to buy banged-up fruits and vegetables and simplify expiration dates. The bill represents a “broad and effective way to prevent waste,” Blumenthal told The Huffington Post. If passed, the law would help “save money, save food for people who are food insecure” and avoid a host of environmental damages, he added. The Senate bill is a companion to legislation Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) introduced in the House of Representatives in December. And it comes just about a month after Blumenthal and Pingree rolled out legislation that seeks to create a new, uniform system for food date labels. Up to 40 percent of the nation’s food goes uneaten, yet millions of Americans aren’t able to put healthy meals on their tables. The recent stream of food waste legislation reflects a growing desire among individuals, businesses and legislators to rein in the country’s waste problem, said Emily Broad Leib, director of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic.
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