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video: Congressman McGovern Praises Massachusetts for Efforts to Reduce Food Waste

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

 

Congressman Jim McGovern spoke on the House Floor on Monday to raise awareness about food waste in the U.S. and also to praised efforts in Massachusetts and across the country to reduce food waste and help 50 million Americans, 16 million children, who struggle with hunger every year. 

“American consumers, businesses, and farms spend an estimated $218 billion per year growing, processing, transporting, and disposing of food that is never eaten. Up to 40 percent of all food grown is never eaten. Forty to fifty million tons of food is sent to landfills each year, plus another 10 million tons is left unharvested on farms. This food waste translates into approximately 387 billion calories of food that went unconsumed," said McGovern. 

During the speech, McGovern recognized Massachusetts leaders and organizations like Food Bank of Western Massachusetts for helping to reduce for waste as part of the larger push to tackle hunger. 

McGovern also thanked Becker College, College of the Holy Cross, Smith College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Worcester Polytechnic Institute for their work with the Campus Kitchen Project and the Food Recovery Network to provide hunger relief in their local communities through campus food recovery initiatives. 

“Thankfully, there’s already a lot of great work being done to raise awareness about the problem of food waste. I’m pleased to see so many partners at every level of the food supply chain taking action to reduce food waste, but still, more needs to be done. Let’s solve the problem of food waste and let’s end hunger now," McGovern said.  

See McGovern's Speech in the video below

 

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