The massive farm bill that’s on its way has a new wrinkle: an office to curtail food waste. What will it do? Jacob Wallace of Waste Dive reports:
“The proposed office would administer a grant program for local jurisdictions to facilitate data collection on existing food loss and waste policies. The grant program would be appropriated $2 million annually.
“The bill would appropriate an additional $2 million annually to provide new Food Recovery and Distribution Infrastructure Support and Coordination Block grants. The proposed grants would address gaps in food recovery infrastructure, like cold storage and labor costs for food recovery organizations.
Oh well, it’s only $4 million a year in grants—but then there will be administrative costs. And the Department of Agriculture is already well ahead of Congress. Wallace points out that the department has separately announced $25 million for grants and research into “food loss and waste.”
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