Food waste still a priority in latest Farm Bill

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

The Senate’s latest Farm Bill draft — passed as the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 on June 28 — still contains multiple relevant items on food waste, according to analysis by the Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic.

This includes $25 million in annual funding for composting and food waste reduction pilots with municipal governments in at least 10 states — with a 25% matching requirement. A new amendment would also create an Interagency Biogas Task Force to study a broad range of barriers and opportunities in the sector, including landfills and anaerobic digesters.

Other notable items for the industry include a USDA study on the volume and cost of food waste, with the provision that agency programs “do not disrupt existing food waste recovery and disposal by commercial, marketing, or business relationships.” Multiple other items regarding spoilage prevention, food recovery and donation liability protections are also included.

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