The report outlines 17 recommendations that Congress can implement to tackle food waste in the next farm bill. The farm bill is an omnibus package of federal legislation, reauthorized every 5 to 7 years, that shapes virtually every aspect of our food and agricultural system. Although it allocates nearly $500 billion every 5 years, not a single dollar is spent to ensure that the food we produce actually makes it to our plates. As the first farm bill to be passed since the announcement of the U.S. national food waste reduction goal, the 2018 Farm Bill offers a critical opportunity for Congress to take concrete steps to break our food waste habit. With preparations for the 2018 farm bill under way, now is the time to rethink the role the federal government can play in reducing food waste to protect people, preserve our planet, and provide economic benefits, while helping us value food as a resource.
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