Today, national food policy organization, Food Policy Action Education Fund (FPA-EF) and its co-founder chef Tom Colicchio are walking the halls of Congress to educate lawmakers on food waste reduction. Advocates will use data and insights from Rethink Food Waste Through Economics and Data’s (ReFED) Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste, released in March, to push for common sense action that can be taken now to address this urgent and very solvable problem.
“Food waste is a more than $200 billion dollar problem in America. It hurts the economy, our environment and our people,” said Tom Colicchio, food advocate and “Top Chef” head judge. “As chefs, it’s in our best interest to make sure safe, edible product does not go unused. We are here to help Congress understand that it’s in our country’s best interest to do the same. I am happy that so many chefs and leading experts are here with me today to help drive positive, bipartisan change.”
A staggering 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. is never eaten. This waste and loss imposes burdensome costs on our environment, businesses, government and taxpayers. America spends 1.3% of its GDP growing, processing and transporting food that goes to waste. Meanwhile, as more than 60 million tons of food is thrown out, one in seven Americans is food insecure.