Given the significant environmental impact of food in landfills, many businesses, nonprofit organizations, and policymakers have seen a renewed interest in the use of food scraps as animal feed. In Leftovers for Livestock: A Legal Guide for Using Excess Food as Animal Feed, the Food Law and Policy Clinic of Harvard Law School and the Food Recovery Project at the University of Arkansas provide the first-ever catalogue of the different state regulations and requirements for feeding food scraps to animals. This guide describes the federal and state laws and regulations regarding this practice, and offers useful suggestions for both generators of food scraps and animal feeding operations. Using food scraps for animal feed can help reduce the amount of food scraps being sent to landfills, while also helping businesses save money on garbage disposal costs, helping farmers save money on feed costs, and decreasing the amount of land and natural resources used to grow the grains, soy and corn currently used for animal feed.
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